The evolution of a trading zone: a case study of the turtle excluder device

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This paper explores the evolution of a trading zone by organizing the case study of turtle excluder devices within the model proposed by Collins et al. (2007). The case study offers evidence that trading zones do evolve and that the concepts of enforced and fractionated trading zones hold practical utility for describing and defining the complexities of actual exchanges. In this case a trading zone evolved from enforced to fractionated and ultimately diverged into two trading zones. For each step of the evolution I describe the forces that drove these transitions. Finally, I present an adapted trading zone model that is conceptually a better fit for the turtle excluder device case study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-85
Number of pages11
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Bycatch
  • Interactional expertise
  • Trading zones
  • Turtle excluder device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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