Sociology

Frank Furedi

“Emphasis on emotions is creating ‘can’t do’ students.”

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Dr. Frank Furedi, is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent. He is the author of On Tolerance: In Defense of Moral Independence. Furedi has written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His study, Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone? Deals with the lowering of expectations in cultural and intellectual life in contemporary western societies. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating deals with the disturbing tendency to devalue the status of knowledge in the curriculum and with the erosion of adult authority on schooling. His book, The Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter, looks how reading transformed the world and continues to change our lives. What’s Happened To The University: A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation explores the current regime of socialization in western societies. His latest book: How Fear Works: The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century is devoted to a study of the role of fear in public life. He is passionately committed to promoting the ideals of a humanists education and his writings on higher education are devoted to affirming the value of the liberal arts.

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