chapter  4
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Collaborative and volunteer translation and interpreting


Case studies investigate properties, actions, attitudes, and social structures of individuals, groups, by applying one or more methods, such as participant observation, interviews, and analysis of documents. Although case studies aim at investigating a social phenomenon through the lenses of the involved actors, they nevertheless require some kind of prior categorization of the phenomenon. Case studies aim at exploring a certain phenomenon or issue in depth. The generalizability of results and observations is limited, and the primary goal is to develop an understanding of the case, and not the testing of theory-driven claims. Case study research originated in the social sciences. A major concern of case study research is to study a phenomenon within its social context. The social sciences concept of case study is not widely used in translation and interpreting studies (TIS), although it might be able to ameliorate and enrich studies in this field.