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    Translation in cross-cultural research: an example from Bolivia

    Maclean, Kate (2007) Translation in cross-cultural research: an example from Bolivia. Development in Practice 17 (6), pp. 784-790. ISSN 0961-4524.

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    Abstract

    Translation raises ethical and epistemological dilemmas inherent in cross-cultural research. The process of communicating research participants' words in a different language and context may impose another conceptual scheme on their thoughts. This may reinforce the hegemonic terms that Development Studies should seek to challenge. The article explores the idea that a reflexive approach to translation can not only help to overcome the difficulties involved in cross-cultural research, but also be a tool with which to deconstruct hegemonic theory. It addresses the epistemological and political problems in translation, techniques of translation, and the impact of translation on the author's own research, which is used to illustrate some of the ways in which translation can support deconstruction and highlight the importance of building a framework for talking with rather than for research participants.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gender and diversity, methods, Latin America and the Caribbean
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 17:25
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16639

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