[New book] Translating for the Community Edited by: Mustapha Taibi

Translating for the Community

Edited by: Mustapha Taibi

Paperback – 208 pages
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30 Nov 2017
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


Written by translation practitioners, teachers and researchers, this edited volume is a much-needed contribution to the under-researched area of community translation. Its chapters outline the specific nature and challenges of community translation (e.g. language policies, language variation within target communities, literacy levels), quality standards, training and the relationship between community translation as a professional practice and volunteer or crowd-sourced translation. A number of chapters also provide insights into the situation of community translation and initiatives taking place in different countries (e.g. Australia, South Africa, Spain, the USA or the UK). The book is of interest to translation practitioners, researchers and trainers, particularly those working or interested in the specific field of community translation, as well as to translation students on undergraduate, postgraduate or further education courses covering translation in general or community translation in particular.


This book constitutes a timely addition to the literature on community translation. It provides an excellent introduction to the multifaceted role of community translators, which is vital in ensuring social justice for minority and marginalised groups. The contributions included in this book deal with a wide range of under-researched topics, and, therefore, it should become a key reference for future explorations of an activity that has become essential in our linguistically and culturally diverse societies.

– Raquel de Pedro Ricoy, Heriot-Watt University, UKMustapha Taibi and his colleagues have combined incisive scrutiny and powerful evidence to outline the necessity of Public Service Translation to bridge the communication gap between public services and speakers of non-dominant languages in our linguistically diverse communities. This is the kind of work that inspires and energises its readers.

– Pascal Rillof, President of ENPSIT – European Network for Public Service Interpreting and TranslationThis much-needed edition provides theoretical and practical perspectives on a wide range of topics that have posed challenges to various stakeholders involved in community translation including translators, public authorities, translator educators and researchers. This insightful coverage advances our understanding of the complexities of community translation, which has a critical role in narrowing down socio-cultural, socio-economic as well as socio-educational gaps in multilingual and multicultural societies. Many thanks to the editors and all the other authors for this great contribution!

– Mira Kim, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Author Biography:

Mustapha Taibi is Associate Professor in Interpreting and Translation at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is the leader of the International Community Translation Research Group and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Translation & Interpreting. Among his recent books is New Insights into Arabic Translation and Interpreting (2016, Multilingual Matters).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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