Articles by Frank Furedi
University students - are they toddlers or young adults?
7 March 2013
Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?
So, when is sex appropriate?
4 March 2013
The current moral crusade against ‘inappropriate behaviour’ speaks to today's stultifying and prurient political culture.
The use and abuse of history
25 February 2013
Those complaining about Michael Gove’s new history curriculum are driven by a philistine obsession with skills over knowledge.
The 20th anniversary of James Bulger’s death: a tragic episode and its shameful legacy
12 February 2013
British society has become so morally distanced from childhood that it has lost the ability to make a moral distinction between it and adulthood.
The struggle to moralise capitalism
25 January 2013
A fascinating exploration of the role of liberal intellectuals such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek in the rehabilitation of free-market ideology also exposes the crisis of liberalism in the modern era.
Using children as a moral shield
14 January 2013
Officials and charities that use children to front their moralistic campaigns are trying to shut down criticism and opposition.
Stanley Cohen: a hero of sociology
8 January 2013
The death of Cohen, who coined the term ‘moral panic’, deprives us of a great intellectual voice.
How ‘child protection’ policies harm children
2 January 2013
We all want kids to be safe, but the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect.
The unhappiness principle
Times Higher Education,
29 November 2012
Learning outcomes are frequently dismissed as a nuisance to be dutifully completed and swiftly put aside, but their prescriptive nature and underlying utilitarian ethos make them an altogether more corrosive influence on higher education.
Does man make history, or does history make man?
15 November 2012
Marx’s understanding of the relationship between man and history has been completely warped by increasingly deterministic Marxists.
The vigilantism of the Little Bullingdons
13 November 2012
The current ‘paedo hysteria’ is being fanned, not by low-rent tabloid papers, but by politicians, serious journalists and the Twitterati.
‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football
9 November 2012
The Society of Black Lawyers hit out at Tottenham and the FA after repeating its threat to go to the police over what it regards as anti-Semitic chanting at White Hart Lane.
Moral of ‘big history’ is that environment trumps people
8 November 2012
One of the ways that nations express their uncertainties and inner conflicts is through offering competing versions of their past.
Are we all condemned to live in ‘cycles of abuse’?
5 November 2012
It is now heresy to question the idea that child abuse damages a person for life. But such a deeply fatalistic idea must be questioned.
The Savile inquiries: giving truth a bad name
24 October 2012
The excavation of the past to ‘uncover the truth’ about Savile is really about looking at history through today’s abuse-obsessed goggles.
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