• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: risk and fear

Boston: what turns nice guys into nihilists?

It isn't the lure of foreign jihad but rather the confusions and self-loathing of Western society itself that can turn youngsters violent.

The Boston bombings: refusing to be terrorised

The spirit and solidarity shown by Bostonians confirms that while terrorism can kill people, it cannot kill community.

Ik ben misbruikt, niet getraumatiseerd

Wilfred van de Poll in gesprek met Frank Furedi.

The paedophile - sick or criminal?

Last week the Catholic Archbishop of Durban claimed that paedophilia was a psychological ‘illness, not a criminal condition’

So, when is sex appropriate?

The current moral crusade against ‘inappropriate behaviour’ speaks to today's stultifying and prurient political culture.

The 20th anniversary of James Bulger’s death: a tragic episode and its shameful legacy

British society has become so morally distanced from childhood that it has lost the ability to make a moral distinction between it and adulthood.

Using children as a moral shield

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

The death of Cohen, who coined the term ‘moral panic’, deprives us of a great intellectual voice.

How ‘child protection’ policies harm children

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 vigilantism of the Little Bullingdons

The current ‘paedo hysteria’ is being fanned, not by low-rent tabloid papers, but by politicians, serious journalists and the Twitterati.

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