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Medical Interpreting and Cross-cultural Communication

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  • Date Published: November 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511227196

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  • When healthcare providers and patients do not speak the same language, medical interpreters are called in to help. In this book - the first ever ethnographic study of a bilingual hospital - Claudia Angelelli explores the role of medical interpreters, drawing on data from over 300 medical encounters and interviewing the interpreters themselves about the people for whom they interpret, their challenges, and how they characterize their role. Traditionally the interpreter has been viewed as a language conduit, with little power over the medical encounter or the relationship between patient and provider. This book presents an alternative view, considering the interpreter's agency and contextualizing the practice within an institution that is part of a larger society. Bringing together literature from social theory, social psychology and linguistic anthropology, this book will be welcomed by anyone who wants to discover the intricacies of medical interpreting firsthand; particularly researchers, communication specialists, policy makers and practitioners.

    • An ethnographic study of a bilingual hospital
    • Includes data from over 300 medical encounters
    • Includes Spanish and English translations of interviews on medical interpreting
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511227196
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Prologue
    1. Questioning invisibility
    2. Communication in the medical encounter
    3. A different set of lenses
    4. California Hope: a public hospital in changing times
    5. Putting it all together
    6. Finding visibility
    7. Interpreters' voices
    8. Emerging metaphors and final words
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Claudia V. Angelelli, San Diego State University
    Claudia V. Angelelli is Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at San Diego State University.

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