Frank Furedi (Hungarian: Füredi Ferenc; born 3 May 1947) is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. He is well known for his work on sociology of fear, education, therapy culture, paranoid parenting and sociology of knowledge.
He lives in Faversham and is the husband of Ann Furedi, the Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the UK's largest independent abortion provider. He is a supporter of Humanists UK.
A former student radical, he became involved in left-wing politics in Britain in the 1970s; in particular, as a member of the International Socialists (IS), under the pseudonym Frank Richards; and subsequently, as founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party. In the 1990s he was actively involved in humanist-focused issues, especially campaigns for free speech.
Wrote an article titled "Stop This Moral Crusade Against Circumcision" in which he attacks Iceland's lawmakers for considering a ban on circumcision. Quote: "This current crusade against circumcision is only the latest version of a more than 2,000-year-long crusade against the right of Jewish people to circumcise their sons."
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