Frank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. He was formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He is author of 17 full-length books including:
Paranoid Parenting (2001), Allen Lane (The Penguin Press)
Culture of Fear (2002), Continuum
Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability In An Uncertain Age (2003), Routledge
Where have All The Intellectuals Gone?: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism (2005), Continuum
Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right (2005), Continuum
Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown (2007), Continuum
Authority: A Sociological History, (2013) Cambridge University Press
First World War: Still No End In Sight (2014), Bloomsbury
For more information on these publications, see the books page.
Since the late 1990s, Frank has been widely cited about his views on why Western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk and uncertainty. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His book Invitation To Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of precautionary thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books, Culture of Fear (2002) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). Both of these works investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society.
Frank has also written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating (2009) deals with the influence of the erosion of adult authority on schooling. On Tolerance (2011) offers a restatement of the importance of this concept for an open society. Authority: A Sociological History (2013) examines how the modern world has become far more comfortable with questioning authority than with affirming it.
At present, Frank is devoted to a study of the contestation of cultural authority in twenty-first-century western societies. He is particularly interested in the fragmentation of adult authority – in particular that of the teacher, the father and the mother – and its implication for intergenerational interaction. He is actively engaged in discussions about the future of education and regularly publishes essays and articles on this subject.
Frank’s books and articles offer an authoritative yet lively account of key developments in contemporary cultural life. Using his insights as a professional sociologist, he has produced a series of agenda-setting books that have been widely discussed in the media. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
Frank regularly comments on radio and television. He has appeared on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC News, Radio Four’s Today programme, and a variety of other radio television shows. Internationally, he has been interviewed by the media in Australia, Canada, the United States, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Brazil, and Germany. His articles have been published in New Scientist, the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent on Sunday, India Today, L’Espresso, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, the Globe and Mail (Toronto), the Christian Science Monitor, the Times Higher Education Supplement, spiked, the Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Business Review, Die Welt and Die Zeit, among others.