Othering the “other” in court : threats to self-presentation during interpreter assisted hearings

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Othering the “other” in court : threats to self-presentation during interpreter assisted hearings
Author(s) Elsrud, Torun
Date 2014
English abstract
This paper is based on an ethnographic research project studying interaction processes and rituals; the interplay between speech and social interaction during interpreted hearings in Swedish District Court cases on domestic violence, where opponents have Middle Eastern, Muslim backgrounds. It is argued that a combination of linguistic changes performed by an interpreter – subtractions, additions and content alterations – during interpreted hearings can cause situations of emotional drainage and contagion, leading to further ”othering” of parties that already are culturally and linguistically ”othered”, both inside and outside the courtroom context. Ultimately, their loss of control over self-presentation is a matter of unequal power distribution and a potential threat to the principle of legal security. Thus, the view of the interpreter as merely a context-bound supportive drummer at the back of the orchestra is challenged and related to social order and stratification processes on an abstract societal level.
Link http://www.ijlld.com/2014-index/113-ijlld-volume-4-1-2014#othering-the-“other”-in-court-threats-to-self-presentation-during-interpreter-assisted-hearings-torun-elsrud (external link to publication)
Publisher IJLLD Press
Host/Issue International Journal of Law, Language & Discourse;1
Volume 4
ISSN 1839-8308
Pages 27-68
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) court interpreting
interaction rituals
emotional energy
othering
self-presentation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17498 (link to this page)

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