248 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Community translation or public service translation is on a global scale often unregulated and dependent on individual awareness, good will and even charity work. The social impact and mission of community translation, the key role of the translator’s psycho-sociocultural awareness and its role depending on local and global changes in human migration and linguistic diversity make community translation a constantly evolving and yet under-investigated activity and profession. This book covers key practical and theoretical approaches towards community translation, providing insights into the current state of the field and the latest research, trends, guidelines, initiatives and gaps.

    Combining knowledge in the areas of translator ethics, pedagogy, legal, and social and health-related settings, this volume covers community translation in a wide range of countries and regions. Community Translation: Research and Practice is an essential guide both for those studying and working in this area worldwide. This volume is a springboard for further studies and research in this emerging field.

    Chapter 4 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    List of Contributors




    Chapter 1

    Challenges in Community Translation Service Provision: The Australian Perspective

    Erika González and Despina Amanatidou


    Chapter 2

    The Battle to Intervene: Constrained Advocacy for Community Translators

    David Katan and Cinzia Spinzi


    Chapter 3

    Translators’ Ethics in Community Translation: A Case Study of English–Japanese Translators in the Australian System

    Maho Fukuno


    Chapter 4

    You Don’t See What I See—Assessing Contextual Meanings in Translated Health Care Texts in New Zealand

    Wei Teng


    Chapter 5

    Speak My Language! The Important Role of Community Translation in the Promotion of Health Literacy

    Ineke Crezee and Hoy Neng Wong Soon


    Chapter 6

    Community Translation for Oncological and Palliative Care

    Katarzyna Stachowiak-Szymczak and Karolina Stachowiak


    Chapter 7

    Challenges and Constraints in the Translation of Wiretapping in Spain

    Mohamed El-Madkouri Maataoui and Beatriz Soto Aranda


    Chapter 8

    Life Stories in Translation: Community Translators as Cultural Mediators

    Marija Todorova


    Chapter 9

    The Voices of Migrant Families: (Auto)biography, Testimonio, Service-Learning, and Community Translation

    Alicia Rueda-Acedo


    Chapter 10

    The Multilingual Community Translation Classroom: Challenges and Strategies to Train Profession-Ready Graduates

    Miranda Lai and Erika González






    Erika Gonzalez is Senior Lecturer in Translating and Interpreting Studies at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia, and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in the UK. She has served in the Executive of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) for several years and was the national president from 2019–2022. Erika is a practising conference interpreter and translator, as well.

    Katarzyna Stachowiak-Szymczak is an adjunct professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is also a practising translator and interpreter, as well as the co-founder of the Polish Association of Conference Interpreters.

    Despina Amanatidou is a certified interpreter and translator (English > Greek) who works full time as a medical interpreter. She is also the Vice President of Events and Professional Development for the Australian Institute Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT).

    "Congratulations and thanks to the editors for this much-needed work that makes an important contribution to the field of community translation, reflecting its growth as a discipline. This volume includes input from a wide range of international experts from both academia and professional practice, addressing an interesting variety of issues. This excellent work will increase the visibility of community translation as a specific area of practice, something we can be truly thankful for."   

    Anne MartinUniversity of Granada, Spain


    "The 10 chapters in this very useful volume report on contemporary research in the context of community translation (CT) theory. They examine CT practice in such diverse settings as health care, criminal investigations and the documentation of life stories, and also provide valuable guidance as to how the skills necessary for effective CT can be taught. There is much to be learnt from the diverse national settings of the research reported, ranging from Australia to Japan, New Zealand and Spain."

    Dr Ron Witton PhD, Cornell University, 'In Touch' magazine, Autumn 2023, Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT).