Volume 66, Issue 4-5
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Despite growing academic interest in the personal experiences of translators and interpreters with a focus on status, identity, role and ethics, and job satisfaction, there have been few academic attempts to inquire into the experiences of respective genders in the profession. Also, outside of T&I studies, most occupational research has examined the experience of women in male-dominated fields. Thus, the current study aims to shed light on the professional experiences and challenges of male interpreters working in a predominantly female profession in Korea. Taking a qualitative approach to interpret the male experience from a temporal, spatial, and cultural context, a narrative inquiry was conducted with male conference interpreters currently working in Korea to closely examine the struggles they experience in the process of their professional identity formation. Data analysis reveals that male interpreters face extreme gender bias and stereotypes at work, and struggle with issues such as emotional remoteness with colleagues, job insecurity, and crisis of identity stemming from an unstable social status for male interpreters.


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