Towards a sociology of translation: Book translations as a Cultural World-System

  • Heilbron J
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Abstract

This article argues that the translation of books may be fruitfully understood as constituting a cultural world-system. The working of this system, based on a core-periphery structure, accounts for the uneven flows of translations between language groups as well as for the varying role of translations within language groups. The final part outlines how this general sociological model may be further developed.

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  • globalization
  • translation studies
  • transnational cultural exchange
  • world-systems theory

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  • Johan Heilbron

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