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Political Responsibility in Community Translation: Based on the ‘Social Connection Model’

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2019, 20(2), pp.7-32
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2019.20.2.001
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : May 5, 2019
  • Accepted : May 28, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

Ji-Hae Kang 1 Kyung Hye Kim 2 YU HAN-NAE 3

1아주대학교
2上海交通大學
3전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines the relationship between political responsibility and the practice of community translation from the perspective of Iris Marion Young’s ‘social connection model’ (Young 2006). According to Young, all agents connected to global structural injustice bear political responsibility, which is shared, non-blameworthy, and forward-looking. By extension, political responsibility must be taken up collectively by all participants in order to effectively promote change. Political responsibility is a crucial notion to account for the collective actions of volunteers translating in the context of non-profit organizations committed to linguistic diversity and multilingualism. We argue that when volunteer translators’ activities are embedded in communities dedicated to promoting linguistic justice or intervening in the unequal distribution of knowledge, translation is an act of political responsibility. The study underlines the need for further investigations of the relationship between community translation and politics of responsibility.

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