Frank Furedi

Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, and author of Politics of Fear, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?, Therapy Culture, Paranoid Parenting and Culture of Fear.

A selection of articles by Frank Furedi: 2000 - 2003

The downsizing of intellectual authority
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Winter 2003
Afterword to a special issue on the changing role of the public intellectual. (pdf format)

Get rid of those professional stabilisers
Times Higher Education Supplement, 30 October 2003
The ubiquitous university counselling services cast students as fragile creatures unable to cope with the normal pressures of life, and in doing so undermine the mental health of the people they aim to help.

The children who won't grow up
Spiked, 29 July 2003
Peter Pan-demonium, kidults, boomerang kids.... A sociologist examines the phenomenon of lost boys and girls hanging out on the edge of adulthood.

Assessment versus intellect
Guardian, 25 March 2003
The demise of proper essays and exams has made degree inflation a fact of life.

review: Respect, by Richard Sennett
New Statesman, 10 February 2003
The distinctive feature of the question of respect today is that it is, above all, a problem of how the elite feel about themselves.

Making People Feel Good About Themselves: British Social Policy And The Construction Of The Problem Of Self-Esteem - inaugural lecture
The Times, 24 January 2003

review: The Politics of the Forked Tongue, by Aidan Rankin
New Statesman, 14 October 2002
Aidan Rankin's conservative critique has sensitised him to what he calls the "liberal surrender" to PC. But he is less forthcoming on the conservative embrace of PC.

Epidemic of fear
Spiked, 15 March 2002
We were scared to death long before 11 September.

Culture wars hit the nursery
Although the proportion of American mothers at work continues to grow, the crusade against daycare creates ambiguity.
New Statesman, 28 May 2001

review: In the Wake of the Plague, by Norman Cantor
The parallels between the Black Death and HIV/AIDS appear to be the product of the modern cultural narrative of fear, rather than of any historical discoveries.
New Statesman, 21 May 2001

review: The Problem of Race in the 21st Century, by Thomas C. Holt
New Statesman, 23 April 2001
Today, ideas of superiority are seldom expressed in a racial form.

Making Sense of Parental Paranoia
An excerpt from Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi
Guardian, 25 April 2001

It's just a failure of nerve
Consumerism is being presented as a radical alternative to the status quo. The accommodation of the political class to consumerism reflects an intense failure of nerve about how to handle innovation, experimentation and new technology.
New Statesman, 10 January 2000

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