A 'discipline' is at once a branch of knowledge or learning, and a system of rules and methods for its 'disciples'. As a noun 'discipline' denotes submission to such rules and methods, while the verb 'to discipline' deals with those who stray. In all of these ways architecture is a discipline with disciples and its own disciplinary regime. I would suggest that the question of the disciplinarity of architecture can be usefully explored within Bourdieu's notion of a 'field' of cultural production. From this view there are interpenetrating, nesting and overlapping fields (of art, architecture, housing, education, urban development, social theory). Much of what we consider to be the 'discipline' of architecture can be construed as a struggle for power and autonomy within the broader fields of cultural production. This may help in understanding why social critiques of architecture are seen as a threat to the discipline.