Translation, Power and Conflict

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 10, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 203 pages
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Translation and Conflict demonstrates that translators and interpreters participate in circulating as well as resisting the narratives that create the intellectual and moral environment for violent conflict. Drawing on narrative theory and using numerous examples from historical and contemporary conflicts, the author provides an original and coherent model of analysis that pays equal attention to micro and macro aspects of the circulation of narratives in translation, to translation and interpreting, and to questions of dominance and resistance.

The study is particularly significant at this juncture of history, with the increased interest in the positioning of translators in politically sensitive contexts, the growing concern with translators' and interpreters' divided loyalties in settings such as Guantanamo, Iraq, Kosovo, and other arenas of conflict, and the emergence of several activist communities of translators and interpreters with highly politicized agendas of their own, including Babels, Translators for Peace, Tlaxcala and ECOS.

Including further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter, Translation and Conflict will be of interest to students of translation, intercultural studies and sociology as well as the reader interested in the study of social and political movements.

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About the author (2006)

Mona Baker is one of the biggest names in the field and hugely influential worldwide.  Apart from her landmark Routledge publications, she is also the founding editor of one of the key journals, The Translator, and editorial director of her own publishing company, St Jerome.  She is also Professor of Translation Studies at University of Manchester and Vice President of IATIS (Int Assocn of Translation & Intercultural Studies).  Mona has recently taken a very strong political stance in support of Palestine and caused a huge furore by her sacking of Israeli academics from the board of her journal.  She was investigated (and finally cleared) by her department, featured in the national press and still gets a lot of hate mail and very personal attacks on Amazon.  Any book by her, especially one about politics is going to make its mark. 

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