This paper analyses the forms of mediation in interlinguistic interactions performed in Italian healthcare services and in contexts of migration. The literature encourages dialogic transformative mediation, empowering participants’ voices and changing cultural presuppositions in social systems. It maybe doubtful, however, whether mediation can actually be effective in changing the status quo of social systems. My research analyses video-taped interpreter-mediated interactions, focusing on the mediators’ translation activity, and on its relationship with the cultural presuppositions in the medical system. While occasionally a dialogic transformative mediation is achieved, mediation mainly supports a doctor-centred communication, preventing the empowerment of linguistic and cultural minorities.

Forms of mediation: the case of interpreter-mediated interactions in medical systems / Baraldi, Claudio. - In: LANGUAGE AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. - ISSN 1470-8477. - STAMPA. - 9:2(2009), pp. 120-137. [10.1080/14708470802588393]

Forms of mediation: the case of interpreter-mediated interactions in medical systems

BARALDI, Claudio
2009

Abstract

This paper analyses the forms of mediation in interlinguistic interactions performed in Italian healthcare services and in contexts of migration. The literature encourages dialogic transformative mediation, empowering participants’ voices and changing cultural presuppositions in social systems. It maybe doubtful, however, whether mediation can actually be effective in changing the status quo of social systems. My research analyses video-taped interpreter-mediated interactions, focusing on the mediators’ translation activity, and on its relationship with the cultural presuppositions in the medical system. While occasionally a dialogic transformative mediation is achieved, mediation mainly supports a doctor-centred communication, preventing the empowerment of linguistic and cultural minorities.
2009
9
2
120
137
Forms of mediation: the case of interpreter-mediated interactions in medical systems / Baraldi, Claudio. - In: LANGUAGE AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. - ISSN 1470-8477. - STAMPA. - 9:2(2009), pp. 120-137. [10.1080/14708470802588393]
Baraldi, Claudio
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