Slaves in Britain? It’s an urban legend
10 December 2013
Why is no one asking questions about the south London slave story?
The Pisa global league table overlooks cultural factors that incentivize learning
4 December 2013
It is cultural norms in communities that orient children towards education.
Pisa: top of the class for dumbing down
3 December 2013
The OECD’s international league table of education teaches us nothing.
Why south London’s ‘slave’ house is nothing of the sort
26 November 2013
The slavery hysteria whipped up by the media and politicians is a convenient distraction from dealing with real problems of exploitation and low pay.
Published September 2013
Authority: A Sociological History
Concern with authority is as old as human history itself. Eve's sin was to challenge the authority of God by disobeying his rule. Frank Furedi explores how authority was contested in ancient Greece and given a powerful meaning in Imperial Rome. Debates about religious and secular authority dominated Europe through the Middle Ages and the Reformation. The modern world attempted to develop new foundations for authority - democratic consent, public opinion, science - yet Furedi shows that this problem has remained unresolved, arguing that today the authority of authority is questioned. This historical sociology of authority seeks to explain how the contemporary problems of mistrust and the loss of legitimacy of many institutions are informed by the previous attempts to solve the problem of authority. It argues that the key pioneers of the social sciences (Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Tonnies and especially Weber) regarded this question as one of the principal challenges facing society.
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Kristallnacht: Anti-Semitism then and now
12 November 2013
75 years on, are Jews once again being treated as ‘different’?
Making suspicious minds mandatory
6 November 2013
Criminalising people who fail to report suspicions of child abuse will poison social relations.
Paedophile hunting and ‘Sweetie’: the case for luring potential criminals?
5 November 2013
We need to think harder about how we target perpetrators.
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi: Demonising child abusers means inevitable violence
29 October 2013
Mob justice directed against alleged paedophiles has become a sad fact of life.
Oprah is wrong. Atheists can experience wonder and awe
16 October 2013
Those who believe in God do not have a monopoly over possession of that magnificent sense of the sublime.
Schoolkids: prisoners of their genes?
14 October 2013
Let’s bash the idea that some kids aren’t genetically cut out for learning.
The intolerant crusade against circumcision
7 October 2013
In the name of child protection, anti-faith zealots are attacking a way of life.
Teaching is not some kind of clinical cure
TES magazine ,
4 October 2013
‘Evidence-based’ education and the dogma of ‘scientism’ are fads. The complexity of the classroom requires greater sophistication.
In defence of privacy
30 September 2013
Anyone who values freedom must resist the assault on private and family life.
Why Channel 4’s ‘Sex Box’ Is Worse Than Seedy Porn
Huffington Post UK,
27 September 2013
Channel 4's Campaign for Real Sex is as real as the coupling that takes place in front of the pornographer's camera.
What is humanism? (Part 2)
24 September 2013
In the second part of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi contrasts the robust humanist view of people with the modern obsession with vulnerability.
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