Multilingual scholarship and the paradox of translation and language in management and organization studies

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

This article questions the unreflexive use of English in academic practices by highlighting the paradox of multilingual scholarship and the need for practices that may help both scholars and journals to become inventive in performing multilingual scholarship. Even when academic outputs are only in English, language multiplicity exists and needs to be reflected upon. To do so, we introduce the three strategies of scandalization, scrutinization, and invention which respectively
document and question the naturalization of English as lingua franca, inquire into linguistic negotiations and its effects, and make multiplicity visible. It is our belief that there is currently too little agony about and critique of the hegemony of English based on a kind of pragmatism; this situation prevents us from being more imaginative and experimental in the ways we include other languages and language differences.

Authors Steyaert, Chris & Janssens, Maddy
Journal or Publication Title Organization
Language English
Keywords invention, lingua franca, multilingualism, paradox, reflexivity, translation
Subjects other research area
Institute/School OPSY - Research Institute for Organizational Psychology
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date January 2013
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of Publication London
Volume 20
Number 1
Page Range 131-142
Number of Pages 12
ISSN 1350-5084
ISSN-Digital 1461-7323
Publisher DOI 10.1177/1350508412460998
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 03 Jan 2013 15:07
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:15
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/219056

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Steyaert, Chris & Janssens, Maddy (2013) Multilingual scholarship and the paradox of translation and language in management and organization studies. Organization, 20 (1). 131-142. ISSN 1350-5084

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