• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author


Yes—this I hold to with devout insistence, Wisdom's last verdict goes to say: He only earns both freedom and existence. Who must reconquer them each day.

Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

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Operation Midland: Treating fiction as fact

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The migrant debate has exposed EU contempt for the public.

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Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter

Publisher’s description:

Power of Reading, by eminent cultural and social historian Frank Furedi, is a unique, erudite and ground-breaking examination of the history of readers and their relationship with wider culture and society which will appeal to fans of Christopher Booker`s bestselling The Seven Basic Plots and John Gross’s seminal study, The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters.

In this comprehensive history, Furedi explores the changing meanings attributed to the act of reading, from Socrates’s apprehensions about the impact of literacy on the individual to Cicero’s attempts to classify the readers of Ancient Rome to the awakening belief in the twentieth century that mass literacy was an indispensable skill for individuals attempting to make their way in the modern world.

Against this historic backdrop, Furedi crucially focuses on the culture of reading that prevails in the twenty-first century, questioning key beliefs such as that the internet damages our ability to digest information and that boys don’t read. Furedi’s book in also a call to arms. Taking a cue from George Steiner, Furedi argues vigorously for the restoration of the art of reading- every bit as important as the art of writing.

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Refugee crisis: Treating Hungary as a Heart of Darkness

With no hint of irony, Western observers defend Syrian refugees while demonising Eastern Europeans.

Hey, grown-ups: put down the colouring pens!

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Survivors’ children need to free themselves from their parents’ past.

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Risk, fear and terror in the twenty-first century

Frank in conversation with Professor Anthony Elliott, from a series of ‘Hawke Talks’ produced by the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

Experts condemn removal of suicide from A-level sociology syllabus

One of the country’s best known sociologists has condemned an exam board’s decision to remove the topic of suicide from the A-level sociology syllabus.

Kidulthood: why are we terrified of growing up?

As new research suggests that our brains don't reach adulthood until our mid-twenties, Sam Rowe asks whether we're becoming a generation of commitment phobic 'kidults'.

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Why has porn become mainstream?

As the widely anticipated film version of best-selling novel Fifty Shades Of Grey hits the cinemas on Valentine's Day, sociology professor Frank Furedi explores why porn has become mainstream. Interview by Samantha Payne.

Review: First World War: Still No End in Sight

By Damian Howard SJ.