Boundary Object

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I came across this term via 'Institutional Ecology, `Translations' and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39' by Susan Star and James Griesemer.
It's an interesting example for various reasons:

  • It uses a museum as a case study
  • It explores the ways in which different actors/stakeholders are able to cooperate as they negotiate their divergent points of view.
  • It grows out of ANT (Latour and Callon)

Basically, a 'boundary object' can be defined as




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