Translating difference: questions of representation in cross-cultural research encounters

Kamler, Barbara and Threadgold, Terry 2003, Translating difference: questions of representation in cross-cultural research encounters, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 137-151, doi: 10.1080/0725686032000165379.

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Title Translating difference: questions of representation in cross-cultural research encounters
Author(s) Kamler, Barbara
Threadgold, Terry
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 137
End page 151
Publisher River Seine Publications
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2003-08
ISSN 0725-6868
Keyword(s) Citizenship - Political Sociology
Race & Ethnic Studies
Summary This paper addresses questions of cross-cultural communication and represen tation as they arose in a longitudinal research project which sought to learn about the lives and concerns of older women. It focuses on the translations and mistranslations that occurred in narrative workshops where Australian researchers, who did not speak Vietnamese, worked with Australian Vietnamese women aged 55-74 and a translator to produce video diaries of the older women's everyday life. A number of workshop interactions around storytelling are examined to document the complexities that can arise when communities meet and interact across cultures. The aim is to 'come clean' about the problems of trying to conduct research without a common language and to suggest just how difficult translations and representations of culture really are and how easily preconceptions and cultural positionings interfere with the process of communication that is actually occurring.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0725686032000165379
Field of Research 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies
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