Frank Furedi

Dr. Frank Furedi, author and social commentator is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Senior Research Fellow at the XXIst Century Institute, Budapest.

Author of more than 20 books, in recent times, Furedi’s studies have been devoted to an exploration of the developments that have led to the politicisation of culture and the constant conflict over values. At present he is engaged in a research project that explores the history of the relationship between the problem of identity and the difficulty that western society has in engaging with issues pertaining to morality. His work has as its focus on the process of socialisation and intergenerational relations.

Furedi’s studies on the problem of morality run in parallel with his exploration of the problem of cultural authority. Since his Authority, A Sociological History (Cambridge University Press 2013) he has published a study a study The First World War: Still No End In Sight – which interprets this event as the precursor of today’s Culture Wars. His study, Populism And The Culture Wars In Europe: the conflict of values between Hungary and the EU, discusses the sociological implications of the tension between populists and anti-populist political currents. His forthcoming book, Why We Need Borders seeks to explain the significance that physical borders and symbolic boundaries have for providing communities with meaning.

Furedi’s articles have been published by the New Scientist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Express, The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent on Sunday, India Today, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Toronto Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Spiked-online, The Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Business Review, Die Welt and Die Zeit amongst others.