By Mark Carrigan
This is a question asked by a medical sociologist on Twitter in relation to some of the themes discussed at our conference. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it posed and it tends to be perceived as polemic but there’s a crucial challenge which remains too little discussed:
It’s a close relation to this question: why should anyone listen to sociologists? The relative comfort of the university, in spite of its accelerating deterioration, insulates us from a practical challenge we would encounter with much greater frequency outside the university.