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The activity of the anthropologist is to take rules, suggestions and ideology from one tradition and translate them into first one other language, after which into the language of anthropology. This method is either attention-grabbing and complicated. not just does it bring up questions on the constraints of language, however it additionally demanding situations the facility of the anthropologist to speak tradition competently. in recent times, postmodern theories have tended to name into query the legitimacy of translation altogether. This publication recognizes the issues concerned, yet indicates definitively that 'translating cultures' can effectively be achieved.

The manner we speak, write, learn and interpret are all a part of a translation strategy. many people aren't conscious of translation in our daily lives, yet for these dwelling open air their local tradition, surrounded through cultural distinction, the power to translate reviews and options turns into a huge factor. Drawing on case experiences and theories from quite a lot of disciplines -including anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, paintings background, folks idea, and non secular reports - this publication systematically interrogates the that means, complexities and significance of translation in anthropology and solutions a variety of provocative questions, such as:

- do we get to the bottom of the real that means of the Christian doctrine of trinity whilst there were such a lot of translations?

- What influence do colonial and postcolonial energy constructions have on our knowing of different cultures?

- How do we use paintings as a way of transgressing the restrictions of linguistic translation?

Translating Cultures: views on Translation and Anthropology is the 1st booklet totally to deal with translation in anthropology. It combines textual and ethnographic research to provide a benchmark e-book that may be of serious value to anthropologists, philosophers, linguists, historians, and cultural theorists alike.

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