Constructing a Sociology of Translation (Benjamins by Michaela Wolf, Alexandra Fukari

By Michaela Wolf, Alexandra Fukari

The view of translation as a socially regulated job has unfolded a huge box of analysis within the previous few years. This quantity bargains with critical questions of the hot area and goals to give a contribution to the conceptualisation of a basic sociology of translation. Interdisciplinary in strategy, it discusses the function of significant representatives of sociology like Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour, Bernard Lahire, Anthony Giddens or Niklas Luhmann in developing a theoretical framework for a sociology of translation. Drawing on methodologies from sociology and integrating them into translation stories, the booklet questions the various validated different types during this self-discipline and demands a redefinition of long-assumed ideas. The contributions exhibit the social involvement of translation in numerous fields and concentration specially at the translator’s place in an rising sociology of translation, Bourdieu’s effect in conceptualising this new sub-discipline, methodological questions and a sociologically orientated meta-discussion of translation experiences.

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The notion of “negotiation” has been conceptualized by Homi Bhabha within the framework of his hybridity theory (Bhabha 1994). To my knowledge, the interface of the notion used respectively by the two scholars has not yet been discussed. Such an interface could prove particularly informative in the perspective of its value for the translation process. , by which translation is fundamentally structured (Tack 2000). 23 24 Michaela Wolf The common goal of the “actants” who make up the network might, for instance, be the development of a (cultural) product, such as a translation in the traditional sense of the word.

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