Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, September 2015, Vol.38(3), pp.211-226
The article reconstructs Susan Leigh Star’s conceptual work on the notion of ‘boundary objects’. It traces the emergence of the concept, beginning with her PhD thesis and its publication as in 1989. ‘Boundary objects’ attempt to represent the distributed, multifold nature of scientific work and its mediations between different ‘social worlds’. Being addressed to several ‘communities of practice’, the term responded to questions from Distributed Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science, Workplace Studies and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and microhistorical approaches inside the growing Science and Technology Studies. Yet the interdisciplinary character and interpretive flexibility of Star’s invention has rarely been noticed as a conceptual tool for media theory. I therefore propose to reconsider Star’s ‘Durkheim test’ for sociotechnical media practices.
Susan Leigh Star ; James Griesemer ; Boundary Object ; Sociology ; Chicago School ; Symbolic Interactionism ; Science And Technology Studies ; Media Studies ; Cooperation ; Susan Leigh Star ; James Griesemer ; Grenzobjekt ; Soziologie ; Chicago School ; Symbolischer Interaktionismus ; Wissenschafts‐ Und Technikforschung ; Medienwissenschaft ; Kooperation