Disagreement, not misrecognition: A reply to Monaghan

Gard, Michael (2013) Disagreement, not misrecognition: A reply to Monaghan. Social Theory and Health, 11 1: 106-115. doi:10.1057/sth.2012.20


Author Gard, Michael
Title Disagreement, not misrecognition: A reply to Monaghan
Journal name Social Theory and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-8211
1477-822X
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1057/sth.2012.20
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 106
End page 115
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hants, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Language eng
Abstract There are many ways to be an intellectual friend and ally. In this response to Lee Monaghan's article I argue that while groups of scholars and activists may share broad social and political commitments, this does not mean that they should never challenge each others points of view. Sometimes friendship is deepened by a robust interrogation of unexplored areas of difference. In this case, our shared domain is the critical scholarship of body weight. However, one theme in my recent work has explored the mosaic of different writers whom I call 'obesity sceptics' and the radically different ways they arrive at similar conclusions about the 'obesity epidemic'. In this article I offer both context for this work and an account of my interest in the idea of intellectual consistency. In particular, although Monaghan accuses me of abandoning any interest in intellectual rigour, he fails to see that intellectual rigour is precisely what I am most interested in. Above all, my point is that political solidarity and intellectual consistency are rarely easy bedfellows and that emphasising one inevitably threatens the other. This does not mean that solidarity is impossible, but rather that part of the scholar's role is to notice lazy solidarity where it occurs so that politics and scholarship might enrich, rather than simply pander to, each other.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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