The moral lynching of Barbara Hewson
13 May 2013
The crusade against the ‘whore’ Hewson after she criticised Operation Yewtree confirms that the paedophile panic rips apart rational debate.
After Savile: policing as entertainment
29 April 2013
Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public.
Savile inquiry shows that sometimes, there can be smoke without fire
27 April 2013
If there is any truth to the adage that there's no smoke without fire, a lot of people targeted by the police inquiry into historic crimes associated with Jimmy Savile are going to find their reputation has been torn to shreds.
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?
Published Spring 2013
Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust:
The Jimmy Savile Scandal
In Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust, Frank Furedi examines the sociological meaning of the sudden transformation of Jimmy Savile, the cultural icon, into the personification of evil. The epidemic of scandals unleashed by the Savile Scandal highlights the precarious status of relations of trust. The rapid escalation of this crisis offers insights into the relationship between anxieties about childhood and the wider moral order. This exploration of the emergence of a moral crusade explains why western society has become so uncomfortable with the exercise of authority.This is a work of public sociology that seeks to explore the social dimensions of a cultural drama as it unfolds. Through situating this scandal in a wider historical perspective this study outlines the distinctive feature of a twenty-first-century moral crusade.
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Boston: what turns nice guys into nihilists?
23 April 2013
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
17 April 2013
The spirit and solidarity shown by Bostonians confirms that while terrorism can kill people, it cannot kill community.
The philistines have taken over the classroom
3 April 2013
How did we get to a situation where teachers are even more cavalier about knowledge and serious schooling than politicians are?
Parenting Skills Are A Con
Huffington Post UK,
31 March 2013
It seems that everyone believes that parenting classes are wonderful idea - except for the parents.
Ik ben misbruikt, niet getraumatiseerd
30 March 2013
Wilfred van de Poll in gesprek met Frank Furedi.
Unruly children: How did ‘discipline’ become a dirty word?
25 March 2013
The term now implies an abuse of power. And punishment of children is frequently represented as a violation of human rights.
‘If you question the Savile crusade, you’re seen as evil’
22 March 2013
Frank Furedi on his new book about Jimmy Savile, and why it's so hard, but so important, to challenge the moral crusade on child abuse.
The paedophile - sick or criminal?
18 March 2013
Last week the Catholic Archbishop of Durban claimed that paedophilia was a psychological ‘illness, not a criminal condition’
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.
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.
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