chapter  7
11 Pages

Skirting a Pleated Text: De-Disciplining an Academic Life

ByLaurel Richardson

Fields of Play: Constructing an Academic Life (Richardson, 1997) is the story of a woman’s struggles in academia in the context of contemporary intellectual debates about entrenched authority, disciplinary boundaries, writing genres, and the ethics and politics of social scientific inquiry and presentation. The woman is myself; the story, an embodiment of these issues. I hope the story resonates with those who are struggling to make sense of their lives in academia.