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What Do Field Theory-based Translator Studies Tell Us?

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2023, 24(3), pp.111-145
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2023.24.3.004
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : August 15, 2023
  • Accepted : September 19, 2023
  • Published : September 30, 2023

Yim, Jin 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to shed light on the empirical results of translator studies carried out based on field theory, arguably the most widely-adopted theoretical framework in sociology of translation. To help close the domestic research gap in this area, the author carried out a qualitative literature review on empirical translator studies whose theoretical framework stems from Bourdieu’s field theory. It was found that this line of study has been evolving into triangulation that combines various approaches—quantitative and qualitative methods; focusing on outside and inside the translated texts; text analysis and interviews, etc. Also notable from the results of those empirical studies is that translation practice is constantly being shaped by complex interactions between social structures and individuals that include but are not limited to a translator’s life trajectories as well as the social context of translation practice. Despite the success in revealing meaningful aspects of translation practice, sociological approach is not without some methodological shortcomings that could affect the reliability and credibility of research, which is expected to be overcome by further research on a broader range of translators practicing in more diverse areas.

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