Ever since 9/11 many are obsessed with terrorism and have disproportionate fear of more events of this nature. Is this a healthy attitude?
Phil Gurski talks to Canadian sociologist Frank Furedi on these and other matters.
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About my guest Frank Furedi
Frank Furedi is a Hungarian-Canadian academic and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent. He is well known for his work on sociology of fear, education, therapy culture, paranoid parenting and sociology of knowledge.
A public intellectual and commentator greatly in demand, he is the author of a number of acclaimed books including The Culture of Fear, The Politics of Fear, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? and Paranoid Parenting.
About the host Phil Gurski
Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.
From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.
How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century
In 1997, Frank Furedi published a book called Culture of Fear. It was widely acclaimed as perceptive and prophetic. Now Furedi returns to his original theme, as most of what he predicted has come true. In How Fear Works, Furedi seeks to explain two interrelated themes: why has fear acquired such a morally commanding status in society today and how has the way we fear today changed from the way that it was experienced in the past?
Listen to more episodes:
Episode 114 – Borealis talks with veteran FBI agent Brig Barker about his years helping to prevent terrorist attacks.
Episode 113 – What is the world of CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) all about? What is the reality of all this?
Episode 112 – Phil is joined by UK activist and Sufi Muslim Ahmed Patel, brother-in-law of the London 7/7 bomber.