Translation Zones in Modern China: Authoritarian Command Versus Gift Exchange

by Bonnie S. McDougall


“Bonnie McDougall has set out to give us a participant ethnography of 'translation zones in modern China' that is also part memoir–or, perhaps, a memoir of living and translating in China in the early 1980s that is also part academic ethnography, with a little translation/sociocultural theory mixed in. ... The signal contribution this book makes is to our understanding of the sociology of translation in a specific Chinese institution at a specific moment in history and, more broadly, of the varieties of translational experiences that are historically possible. ... It’s a timely book, and should be read widely.” —MCLC


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