Frank Furedi

Dr. Frank Furedi is a social commentator and author and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He has written widely on the culture of fear. His studies have dealt with the way that fear has dominated discussions of childhood, health, new technology and food. His studies investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. His most recent book is On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence, Continuum Press.

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A woman places flowers outside the Royal Military Barracks, near the scene where a man was killed in Woolwich

Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention

This was a horrific act of violence but it's important we don't over-react, says the eminent sociologist and author of Invitation to Terror Frank Furedi

Despite what the DSM implies, medical intervention is not always the answer to mental health issues

You don't need to be a mental health professional to take an interest in the recently published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Is questioning tweeting teens or investigating historical crimes the best use of police time?

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Unruly children: How did ‘discipline’ become a dirty word?

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The paedophile - sick or criminal?

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

University students - are they toddlers or young adults?

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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

‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football

As Cameron intervenes in the 'Yid' row to says Spurs fans should be able to use the phrase, we republish this piece from last year

Why the 'couples where women do more housework stay together' study isn't shocking

A recent Norwegian study found lower divorce rates where most of the housework was carried out by the woman.

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