Purse seine net

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This chapter takes as its starting point Michel Callon’s famous paper, ‘Some elements of a sociology of translation: domestication of the scallops and fisherman of St Brieuc Bay’. After first introducing that paper and its core theoretical claims, the following sections attempt a re-reading of the famous ‘Tuna/Dolphin’ controversy, with a particular focus on the purse seine net, in light of Callon’s claims, and of the methods of science and technology studies (STS) generally. It draws attention in particular to the politics of purification which has, in significant part, characterized international regulatory strategies for dealing with this dispute, especially through the GATT/WTO system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Law's Objects
EditorsJessie Hohmann, Daniel Joyce
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780198798200, 9780198798217
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2018


  • international law
  • World Trade Organization
  • WTO
  • GATT
  • tuna dolphin
  • Callon
  • purse seine
  • STS


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