Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 315–318 | Cite as

Embodied Practices

  • Ruth Fletcher

In thinking about law, gender and sexuality (LGS) as a field, at first I struggled with the conception of a field. What counts as a field of scholarship? What’s the difference between a discipline and a field, or between a body and a field? Intuitively I think of a field as less than a discipline and more than a body of scholarship. For me, a field connotes an area of research and teaching, rather than a disciplinary mode of knowledge production, or a collection of academic scholarship. So if fields feed and evaluate the scholarship they produce, what is useful or good about being a field? Moreover, is ‘fieldness’ a quality of LGS?

In thinking this through, the primary image of a field that came to mind was that of an agricultural field. As I visualised green fields with crops and animals it became clearer that there were different kinds of fields even as they all produce new entities which take on a life of their own. I could think of fields as needing things like rest and food in...


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Thanks to Rosemary Hunter for her helpful feedback on an earlier version, to Davina Cooper for her stimulating questions, and to the participants at the roundtable for their insightful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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