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Learning and Knowledge Creation in Fan Translation Community: Focusing on the Concept of Communities of Practice’

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2023, 24(3), pp.215-245
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2023.24.3.007
  • 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

Ji-Hae Kang 1 YU HAN-NAE 2

1아주대학교
2전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines the concept of ‘communities of practice’ and its practical implications in the realm of translation studies, with a specific focus on research into community-oriented amateur translation. Drawing on Wenger’s 1998 conception of communities of practice, this study analyzes how learning and knowledge generation unfold within a fan translation community known as BTS TRANS by employing a qualitative research method, specifically a Focus Group Interview (FGI). The analysis underscores that BTS TRANS embodies a distinct community identity that is dedicated to meticulously translating video content related to BTS. This identity effectively shapes and governs the entire spectrum of their activities. As this identity-driven interaction thrives within the community, members organically and flexibly acquire translation skills, culminating in the creation of translation-related knowledge. Illustrated through the case study of BTS TRANS, the communities of practice framework emerges as a valuable analytical tool. It vividly illustrates how the dynamics of interaction and communication among community members facilitate learning, skill enhancement, and the organic generation of knowledge.

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