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Found in Translation

Title: Found in Translation: A Mixed Methods Study of Decision Making by U.S. Editors Who Acquire Children's Books for Translation.
Name(s): Goldsmith, Annette Y., author
Dresang, Eliza T., professor directing dissertation
Carroll, Pamela (Sissi), outside committee member
Gross, Melissa, committee member
Latham, Don, committee member
Stan, Susan, committee member
School of Library and Information Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Foreign children's books translated into English matter to young readers in the U.S. for intellectual, literary, and pedagogical reasons, yet very few are published. How do U.S. editors select culturally conscious children's books from abroad to be translated into English for the U.S. market? This question was addressed by exploring the barriers editors encounter, the resources available to them, and their perceptions about the value of publishing translations. The theoretical framework consists of communications scholar Brenda Dervin's personal sense-making supplemented by Karl E. Weick's sensemaking from organizational psychology. Using two similar but not identical theories adds depth to the analysis, providing what anthropologist Gregory Bateson calls "binocular vision." The study was conducted in the U.S. from May to July 2008. A purposive sample of 93 children's editors was drawn from Children's Book Council member publishers. The study employed the participant selection model, a variant of the mixed methods sequential explanatory design. Phase I was a web-based survey. Phase II consisted of follow-up interviews. Ten subjects whose attitudes were least well predicted by a statistical regression model fit to the survey data were selected for interviewing. The literature suggested that editors are reluctant to publish translations because of the expense. However, findings showed that the most important barrier is reliance on reader's reports when editors cannot read in the language of the original. The cost of acquiring books from other countries when the dollar is low was of secondary importance. Editors' top-ranked motivation was a positive personal response to the book. Editors ranked the Bologna Children's Book Fair as their most important resource, but it is expensive to attend. The propensity to publish translations was stronger if editors are bilingual or see the industry as more open to translations than five years earlier. Replicating the study at a later date under a different political administration and economic conditions should reveal if editors' attitudes towards publishing translations remain consistent.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4171 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the College of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: December 12, 2008.
Keywords: Sensemaking, Sense-Making, Mixed Methods, Editors, Publishing, Decision Making, Translation, Children's Literature
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Eliza T. Dresang, Professor Directing Dissertation; Pamela (Sissi) Carroll, Outside Committee Member; Melissa Gross, Committee Member; Don Latham, Committee Member; Susan Stan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Information science
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Goldsmith, A. Y. (2009). Found in Translation: A Mixed Methods Study of Decision Making by U.S. Editors Who Acquire Children's Books for Translation. Retrieved from