Govephobia: the malady sweeping right-on Britain
10 June 2013
Saying ‘I hate Michael Gove’ now works as a kind of password that grants one entry into the inner circle of polite society. Why has this happened?
Porno: Kein kleines, schmutziges Geheimnis mehr
3 June 2013
Pornographie ist in der Alltagswelt der westlichen Gesellschaft angelangt. Sexualität wird überall zur Schau gestellt. Der Soziologe Frank Furedi sieht in der Normalisierung des Porno-Gebrauchs einen ernsthaften Werteverfall, den man mit Zensur weder lösen kann noch sollte.
The real roots of homegrown terrorism
28 May 2013
Blaming shadowy Islamist groomers for ‘radicalising’ young Muslims ignores problems closer to home.
Moord als terreurperformance
25 May 2013
In Woolwich kregen twee door zichzelf geobsedeerde moordenaars de erkenning die ze zochten, maar niet verdienden. Dat schrijft Frank Furedi. Hij is een gerenommeerd socioloog, en de auteur van 'Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown'. Deze bijdrage verscheen al in de Britse krant The Independent.
Published Spring 2013
Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust:
The Jimmy Savile Scandal
In Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust, Frank Furedi examines the sociological meaning of the sudden transformation of Jimmy Savile, the cultural icon, into the personification of evil. The epidemic of scandals unleashed by the Savile Scandal highlights the precarious status of relations of trust. The rapid escalation of this crisis offers insights into the relationship between anxieties about childhood and the wider moral order. This exploration of the emergence of a moral crusade explains why western society has become so uncomfortable with the exercise of authority.This is a work of public sociology that seeks to explore the social dimensions of a cultural drama as it unfolds. Through situating this scandal in a wider historical perspective this study outlines the distinctive feature of a twenty-first-century moral crusade.
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Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
23 May 2013
This was a horrific act of violence but it's important we don't over-react.
Despite what the DSM implies, medical intervention is not always the answer to mental health issues
17 May 2013
You don't need to be a mental health professional to take an interest in the recently published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
The moral lynching of Barbara Hewson
13 May 2013
The crusade against the ‘whore’ Hewson after she criticised Operation Yewtree confirms that the paedophile panic rips apart rational debate.
After Savile: policing as entertainment
29 April 2013
Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public.
Savile inquiry shows that sometimes, there can be smoke without fire
27 April 2013
If there is any truth to the adage that there's no smoke without fire, a lot of people targeted by the police inquiry into historic crimes associated with Jimmy Savile are going to find their reputation has been torn to shreds.
Is questioning tweeting teens or investigating historical crimes the best use of police time?
23 April 2013
It could be argued that policing social media over dealing with anti-social violence is purely to appear to be doing something. And what purpose can Yewtree really serve?
Boston: what turns nice guys into nihilists?
23 April 2013
It isn't the lure of foreign jihad but rather the confusions and self-loathing of Western society itself that can turn youngsters violent.
The Boston bombings: refusing to be terrorised
17 April 2013
The spirit and solidarity shown by Bostonians confirms that while terrorism can kill people, it cannot kill community.
The philistines have taken over the classroom
3 April 2013
How did we get to a situation where teachers are even more cavalier about knowledge and serious schooling than politicians are?
Parenting Skills Are A Con
Huffington Post UK,
31 March 2013
It seems that everyone believes that parenting classes are wonderful idea - except for the parents.
Ik ben misbruikt, niet getraumatiseerd
30 March 2013
Wilfred van de Poll in gesprek met Frank Furedi.
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