Habitus, field and discourse: Interpreting as a socially-situated activity

Inghilleri, Moira. 2003. Habitus, field and discourse: Interpreting as a socially-situated activity. Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, 15(2), pp. 243-268. ISSN 09241884 [Article]

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Taking Toury's model of norms as its starting point, this paper examines the macro–micro relationship evident within the context and culture of interpreting activity. The paper theorises this relationship drawing on Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and field and Bernstein's theory of pedagogic discourse. It proposes a model which directs the analysis of norms to the social dimension of language and cognition, as well as to the sociological and ideological determinants of what counts as a legitimate meaning in a particular context. The paper draws on the analysis of a particular context — the interpreted political asylum interview. However, it suggests the possibility of applying a similar theoretical model across a range of interpreting contexts.

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translational norms; interpreting; habitus; field; discourse; sociological; ideological; macro–micro relationship; theoretical model

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English and Comparative Literature


July 2003Published

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12 Mar 2009 15:41

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13 Mar 2013 14:54

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