What are the drivers of fear? What is the role of the media in its promotion? Who actually benefits from a culture of fear? Join sociologist Frank Furedi as he examines why fear has become so central to modern society – from terrorism and the economy to parenting and dieting.
Frank will argue that one of the main drivers of the culture of fear is unravelling of moral authority. Fear appears to provide a provisional solution to moral uncertainty and is for that reason embraced by a variety of interests, parties and individuals.
Learn why Frank, the author of How Fear Works, predicts that until society develops a more positive attitude towards uncertainty the politicisation of fear will flourish.
About the speaker
Frank Furedi is a sociologist, author and former Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. The author of How Fear Works (Bloomsbury Press), his previous books include Paranoid Parenting, The Culture of Fear and Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone. He appears frequently on television and radio in the English-speaking world and beyond, and publishes regular articles with a range of newspapers.