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Our Bridging Languages and Scholarship (BLS) initiative aims to further the reach of selected titles by facilitating or financing translations into other languages and to support the production of multilingual and translingual texts. The BLS initiative is motivated by a recognition that excellent scholarship can be written and utilized in languages other than English and that many scholars face barriers to engaging with literature in languages other than their own. This is evident in the high frequency of references to non-English scholarship and the rise of the translingual approach in the humanities. BLS is part of our wider effort to support multilingual publishing in keeping with our mission to support pluralism and intellectual diversity: bridging languages, regions, disciplines and research perspectives.


City of Children

Francesco Tonucci, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council, Italy

ISBN: 978-1-62273-763-5
Availability: Forthcoming

The city, born as a place of meeting and exchange, has for several decades taken as a default model the strong citizen, man, adult and worker, thereby transforming into a hostile space for the weakest: the elderly, the disabled, the poor and the children. The automobile, the toy of choice for the privileged citizen, is also taken to be the senior citizen of the city, thus endangering the health, aesthetics and mobility of the commonweal. This book proposes a new philosophy of city governance that takes children as the default citizens, with the confidence that a city sensitive to the needs of childhood will be healthier for everybody. This work recovers elements of the 1989 Convention of the Rights of the Child that recognize the full citizenship of children to suggest two principle axioms for optimal city design: the participation of children in city governance and the restitution of their autonomy, which allows them to stay with their friends and play freely. Boys and girls, in this way, represent all those excluded from decisions and power. This book is primarily written for politicians and city managers so that they can take on board the ideas within. Yet it is also important for teachers and parents so that they can respect the rights provided in the convention. City of Children should be made available to students on teacher-training courses, and also to the children who are the book’s true protagonists. At present, more than two hundred cities in Spain, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Lebanon have joined this project. This book is a translation of "La Ciudad de los Niños" and was translated as part of the Bridging Language and Scholarship initiative. The English edition by Vernon Press follows previous editions of this important work in Italian and the four languages of the Spanish nation (Galego, Basque, Catalan and Castilian) to make available for the first time this important work to a broader international audience.

Introduction to Computational Macroeconomics

Anelí Bongers, Universidad de Málaga, Spain et al.

ISBN: 978-1-62273-654-6
Availability: Forthcoming
352pp. ¦ $65 £49 €55

This book presents an introduction to computational macroeconomics, using a new approach to the study of dynamic macroeconomic models. For this we will solve a great variety of models in discrete time numerically, using as a computer tool a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The solved models include both dynamic macroeconomic models with rational, non-microfounded expectations and microfounded models, constituting an approach that facilitates the learning and use of dynamic general equilibrium models, which have become the primary tool for macroeconomic analysis nowadays. Spreadsheets are widely known and relatively easy to use, which means that the computer skills needed to work with dynamic general equilibrium models are affordable for undergraduate students.

Contact, Community, and Connections: Current Approaches to Spanish in Multilingual Populations

Edited by Gregory L. Thompson, Brigham Young University and Scott M. Alvord, Brigham Young University

June 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-716-1
Availability: In stock
434pp. ¦ $67 £50 €57

This edited volume provides state of the art research on developing areas of Spanish in contact with other languages. This manuscript is unique in its broad yet coherent approach to the study of Spanish in bilingual contexts by investigating current issues in the field through well-designed research and innovative analyses. In addition, this book concludes with research on how languages in contact are reflected in individuals in educational settings as well as insights on how to teach bilinguals raised in contact with English and Spanish. This manuscript is divided into three major themes that focus on the overall issues of Spanish in bilingual contexts: 1. The first section, titled "Language and Identity," is composed of four chapters that focus on the connection between language and identity in unique settings. 2. The second section of the manuscript is titled "Language and Dialectal Contact" and is composed of six chapters that analyze the dialectal and linguistic changes in languages in contact in a variety of settings. 3. The final section is titled "Language in Educational Settings" and consists of four chapters with a focus on heritage speakers and second language students of Spanish in different classroom settings as well as abroad. This volume contributes original research in these areas in a way so as to fill valuable gaps in the current knowledge in the field especially in the innovative ways of approaching areas such as teaching heritage learners, understanding diachronic and synchronic dialectal and linguistic changes as well as innovations in language use, and how language contributes to the formation of identity.

Introducción a la Macroeconomía Computacional

Anelí Bongers, Universidad de Málaga, Spain et al.

February 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-600-3
Availability: In stock
352pp. ¦ $65 £49 €55

Este libro presenta una introducción a la macroeconomía computacional, utilizando un nuevo enfoque para el estudio de los modelos macroeconómicos dinámicos. Para ello resolveremos numéricamente una gran variedad de modelos en tiempo discreto, utilizando como herramienta informática una hoja de cálculo; en particular, Excel de Microsoft. Los modelos resueltos incluyen tanto modelos macroeconómicos dinámicos con expectativas racionales no microfundamentados, como modelos microfundamentados, constituyendo un enfoque que facilita el aprendizaje y uso de los modelos de equilibrio general dinámico, los cuales se han convertido en la principal herramienta para el análisis macroeconómico en la actualidad. Las hojas de cálculo son ampliamente conocidas y relativamente fáciles de usar, lo que supone que los conocimientos informáticos necesarios para poder trabajar con modelos de equilibrio general dinámico son asequibles para alumnos de grado.

Arte vs. No-Arte: Arte fuera de la mente

Tsion Avital, Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

December 2018 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-546-4
Availability: In stock
550pp. ¦ $64 £48 €55

En Arte Versus No- Arte: Arte Fuera de la Mente, Tsion Avital plantea la pregunta, ¿Es el arte moderno realmente arte? Él argumenta que todo el arte no-representacional que se ha producido en el siglo XX no ha sido arte, sino más bien la ruina de la tradición visual que le reemplazó. El arte moderno ha prosperado sobre la total confusión entre el arte y el seudo-arte y la inhabilidad de muchos de distinguir entre ambos. Tal como lo demuestra Avital, el arte moderno ha servido como una etapa intermedia entre el arte del pasado y el arte del futuro. Este libro propone una nueva forma de definir el arte, anclando la naturaleza del arte en la naturaleza de la mente, resolviendo así uno de los mayores problemas del arte y de la estética para los cuales hasta ahora no se ha dado aún una solución. La definición novedosa del arte propuesta en este libro, pavimenta el camino hacia un nuevo y promisorio paradigma para el futuro del arte.

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