Research Online

Logo

Goldsmiths - University of London

Does Interpreting ‘Steal’ Conflict? A Translational Perspective on Power and Restorative Justice

Maitland, Sarah. 2019. Does Interpreting ‘Steal’ Conflict? A Translational Perspective on Power and Restorative Justice. Translation and Interpreting, 11(1), pp. 22-42. ISSN 1836-9324 [Article]

No full text available
[img] Text
Sarah Maitland - Does Interpreting ‘Steal’ Conflict- A Translational Perspective on Power and Restorative Justice.docx - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only

Download (275kB)

Abstract or Description

‘Restorative justice’ enables the victims of crime to meet with those responsible and to talk about what happened. It is an opportunity for victims to find ways to move on and for offenders to understand the effects of their actions. In the restorative justice literature, it is often assumed that those involved in the restorative process share the same language and ability to understand and communicate. But what happens when communication between an offender and a victim must be mediated through an interpreter? This article considers from a theoretical perspective how the vehicles of restoration – interaction, participation and encounter – and their role in creating empathy between the parties to a crime may be affected when realised in a bi- or multilingual setting. By taking a translational view, that is, by conceptualizing the restorative encounter as a hermeneutic process in which all acts of communication result in understandings that are both provisional and contingent, this article brings the founding theories of restorative justice into critical conversation with theories of language and translation to examine the philosophical implications of interpreting for the restorative justice paradigm in general and the practical dimensions of interpreter-mediated restorative justice interventions in particular.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.12807/ti.111201.2019.a02

Keywords:

restorative justice, hermeneutics, interpreting, interpreter-mediated communication

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
19 October 2018Accepted
2019Published

Item ID:

23604

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2018 09:43

Last Modified:

06 Mar 2019 15:05

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/23604

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)