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Research Seminar: Socialisation and the Culture of Fear

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York St John University

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How we fear and how we respond to threats is mediated through cultural norms and values. It is for this reason that the way we socialise young people is of great significance in understanding the culture of fear that prevails in the 21st century. The aim of this lecture is to explore their influence of parenting and schooling on the way that society expresses its fears about the problems of everyday life.

Dr. Frank Furedi, author and broadcaster is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England and Visiting Professor, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL.

During the past 20 years Furedi’s studies have been devoted to an exploration of the cultural developments that influence the construction of contemporary risk consciousness. His research has been oriented towards the way that risk and uncertainty is managed by contemporary culture. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His, Invitation To Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of possibilistic thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books The Culture of Fear and Paranoid Parenting. Both of these works investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. His book; How Fear Works: The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century is published in 2018.

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