Arbiters of Meaning: The Hidden Role of the Interpreter in International Qualitative Research
THE ORIGINS OF THIS PAPER
As an international research practitioner, the author has always been curious about the position of the interpreter and what they bring to the research process. Often they slip into the room unannounced, ‘perform’ and then slip away again. The contrast between their discrete demeanour and the central role they play in defining the research experience is striking. The author has always made an effort to engage with these people – motivated less by good manners than plain curiosity. Who are...