- Coping with uncertainty, abundance and strife: decision-making processes of Dutch acquisition editors in the global market for translations
- Volume | Issue number
- 41 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This article analyzes the decision-making processes of Dutch editors involved in the acquisition of translation rights. It situates their actions, first, by mapping the Dutch literary field, revealing three broad types of publishers. That said, editors at all three types of publishers confront similar problems and adopt somewhat similar strategies. In their decision-making, editors face three problems as the result of increasing globalization: an excess of new titles; uncertainty over the nature and quality of new titles; and strong competition for new titles. Following all stages of the decision-making process, this article shows how these cultural producers make decisions in a global arena. For example, editors cope with these challenges through a decentralized network that is transnational. This leads to increasing isomorphism between literary fields in different nations. Also, editors assess the position of books, publishing and authors in transnational fields in order to acquire books that correspond to their publisher's own field position and catalogue. The catalogue thus becomes a marker of symbolic capital and identity in the global arena. Hence, this paper shows the utility of drawing on both neo-institutional theory (e.g., isomorphism) and field theory (e.g., symbolic capital) so as to make sense of cultural production.
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