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:
Paranoid Parenting (2001), Allen Lane (The Penguin Press)
Culture of Fear (2002), Continuum
Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability In An Uncertain Age (2003),
Where have All The Intellectuals Gone?: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism
Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right (2005), Continuum
Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown (2007), Continuum
Furedi’s research is oriented towards the study of the workings of precautionary
culture and risk aversion in Western societies. In his books he has explored
controversies and panics over issues such as health, children, food, new technology
and terrorism. At present he is completing a book on the rise of the Fear Market
in contemporary society. The book, provisionally title Scaremongering, studies
the role of competing groups – politicians, the media, advocacy organisations,
business – in the controversies that surround health, food, technology,
terrorism and disasters.
Furedi’s books and articles offer an authoritative yet lively account
of key developments in contemporary cultural life. Using his insights as a professional
sociologist, Furedi has produced a series of agenda-setting books that have
been widely discussed in the media. His books have been translated into 11 languages.
Furedi regularly comments on radio and television. He has appeared on Newsnight,
Sky and BBC News, Radio Four’s Today programme, and a variety of other
radio television shows. Internationally, Furedi has been interviewed by the
media in Australia, Canada, the United States, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Brazil,
and Germany. His articles have been published in the New Scientist, The Guardian,
The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The 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,
Toronto Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor, The Times Higher Education
Supplement, Spiked-online, The Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Business Review,
Die Welt and Die Zeit, among others.
Several of Furedi's articles have been translated and republished in Chinese.
Furedi is in frequent regular demand as a public speaker. Audiences that he
has recently addressed include:
- Cheltenham Music Festival
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Institute of Ideas
- Royal Society of Arts
- Edinburgh Festival
- Festival of Ideas (Brisbane)
- Festival of Science (Rome)