(Dis)embodied methodology in International Political Economy
ByNicola Smith
Pages 5

The author reflects that even as we take pains to reflect upon matters of reflexivity and positionality, academics still do not quite manage to make ourselves visible as bodies. There was a time when the author understood International Political Economy (IPE) to mean 'bodies of thought' (realism, liberalism, Marxism, etc.). Her research primarily took the form of loosely structured interviews with sex workers in London and Amsterdam and, as part of that process, there were many times that she discussed and reflected upon her own corporeality. As a feminist scholar, she actively sought to theorise, research and write the body, and yet it was her own disembodiment that remained a precondition for precisely this endeavor. There was a long-standing 'body' of IPE scholarship–feminist scholarship–in which bodies not only mattered but were the very starting-point of political economic analysis.