• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author


Yes—this I hold to with devout insistence, Wisdom's last verdict goes to say: He only earns both freedom and existence. Who must reconquer them each day.

Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

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Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read.

Universities need to stop treating their students like children

Students are too often micromanaged and policed while on campus, and it needs to stop.

Neem het maar aan van een Dylanfan: de Nobelprijs verdient hij niet

Ik zou in de wolken moeten zijn nu Bob Dylan de Nobelprijs voor literatuur heeft gewonnen. Maar in werkelijkheid geeft het me een dubbel gevoel.

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What's Happened to the University?

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The radical transformation that universities are undergoing today is no less far-reaching than the upheavals that it experienced in the 1960s. However today, when almost 50 per cent of young people participate in higher education, what occurs in universities matters directly to the whole of society.

On both sides of the Atlantic curious and disturbing events on campuses has become a matter of concern not just for academics but also for the general public. What is one to make of the growing trend of banning speakers? What’s the meaning of trigger warnings, cultural appropriation, micro-aggression or safe spaces? And why are some students going around arguing that academic freedom is no big deal?

What’s Happened To The University? offers an answer to the questions of why campus culture is undergoing such a dramatic transformation and why the term moral quarantine refers to the infantilising project of insulating students from offence and a variety of moral harms.

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The Orwellian University

Speech codes are now littered with words that are ambiguous and opaque.

I love Dylan, but he shouldn’t get the Nobel Prize

Dylan isn't literature: he's for listening to, not reading.

Clownpocalypse: urban legends in the internet age

What the global clown panic tells us about the politics of fear.

Workload is a problem in schools because of the ‘McDonaldisation’ of education

English teachers spend more time working than their peers abroad, not because they give more teaching time pupils but because they are compelled to devote too many hours to administrative duties,


Dare to know

Immanuel Kant’s ‘Dare To Know’ represented a foundational challenge to the Enlightenment. Yet, even today humanity finds it difficult to embrace new knowledge. This talk calls for the affirmation of the spirit of experimentation in every dimension of life.

Universities hand students soft toys, puppies and bubble wrap to ease stress

Cats are among the animals offered by universities to calm stressed students, reports Sian Griffiths.

Experts condemn removal of suicide from A-level sociology syllabus

One of the country’s best known sociologists has condemned an exam board’s decision to remove the topic of suicide from the A-level sociology syllabus.

Kidulthood: why are we terrified of growing up?

As new research suggests that our brains don't reach adulthood until our mid-twenties, Sam Rowe asks whether we're becoming a generation of commitment phobic 'kidults'.

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Why has porn become mainstream?

As the widely anticipated film version of best-selling novel Fifty Shades Of Grey hits the cinemas on Valentine's Day, sociology professor Frank Furedi explores why porn has become mainstream. Interview by Samantha Payne.