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Belonging in TranslationSolidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan$
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Reiko Shindo

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201871

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201871.001.0001

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(p.151) Conclusion
Belonging in Translation

Reiko Shindo

Policy Press

This concluding chapter reflects on the insights obtained from the study on multilingual migrant activism. It does so in two areas. First, the chapter assesses the broader significance of this study for not only the ‘politics of translation’ but also the politics of untranslation — translation that fails to make interactions intelligible. The politics of untranslation offers an effective critique to the persistently divisive political rhetoric about migration where knowing ‘the other’ conditions the acceptance of migrants. Second, the chapter explores the hidden aspect of untranslatability, as found in migrant activism. It discusses how an appreciation of these aspects is important to the ongoing inquiry about community in the fields of international relations and political geography.

Keywords:   multilingual migrant activism, translation, untranslation, migration, migrants, untranslatability, migrant activism, community, international relations, political geography

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