society and civility
In defence of privacy
30 September 2013
Anyone who values freedom must resist the assault on private and family life.
The real clash is within civilisations
20 September 2013
Twenty years on, Samuel Huntington’s seminal essay remains misunderstood.
The new Heart of Darkness: Faversham
31 July 2013
Great – my hometown is the latest focus of TV’s search for human depravity.
Porno: Kein kleines, schmutziges Geheimnis mehr
3 June 2013
Pornographie ist in der Alltagswelt der westlichen Gesellschaft angelangt. Sexualität wird überall zur Schau gestellt. Der Soziologe Frank Furedi sieht in der Normalisierung des Porno-Gebrauchs einen ernsthaften Werteverfall, den man mit Zensur weder lösen kann noch sollte.
Is questioning tweeting teens or investigating historical crimes the best use of police time?
23 April 2013
It could be argued that policing social media over dealing with anti-social violence is purely to appear to be doing something. And what purpose can Yewtree really serve?
Porn: no longer a dirty little secret
18 March 2013
The normalisation of porn-use in the 21st-century West speaks to a serious crisis of values – one that censorship won't solve.
Why the ‘couples where women do more housework stay together’ study isn’t shocking
1 October 2012
A recent Norwegian study found lower divorce rates where most of the housework was carried out by the woman.
Mythical past, elusive future
30 July 2012
The Olympics opening ceremony was a spectacular piece of living theatre. But it also revealed our discomfort with our past and fear of the future.
The younger generation has been infantilised by the baby boomers
19 June 2012
Frank Furedi speaks against the motion 'The Baby Boomers have stolen the family silver' at the Intelligence Squared debate at the Royal Geographical Society on 27 October 2011.
Let’s do away with demonology on both sides of the gay marriage question
26 May 2012
Concepts such as bigoted homophobia or the rhetoric of spiritual corruption serve highly moralised narratives aimed at shutting down discussion rather than encouraging it.