Issue date: 06 May 2004

ISSUE DATE: 06/05/04

Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent will discuss ‘Therapy Culture – Loss of the Sociological Imagination,” at the Watershed Media Centre on 25 May at 7pm. The lecture is presented by the Centre of Critical Theory at the University of the West of England. The Centre has had a successful run of seminars under the auspices of the Alternative Series over the past three years and this lecture continues the successful trend of bringing prominent public intellectuals to speak to a wider audience.

Frank Furedi’s recent book Therapy Culture has generated considerable national debate concerning the extent to which the therapy gospel has spread into different aspects of private and public life. A fascinating critique of contemporary social trends, Furedi’s book argues that therapeutic culture is primarily about imposing a new conformity through the management of people’s emotions.

Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Centre for Critical Theory, says that “Furedi has been very energetic in bringing the political significance of these debates to a wide audience in this country. Furedi has challenging and arresting things to say – and anyone interested in psychotherapy, social work and the other helping professions needs to engage with his provocative arguments.”

Furedi was a founder of ‘Living Marxism’, which mutated through several incarnations into the libertarian Institute of Ideas. He is a regular contributor to the press and media debates, and his books include Paranoid Parenting and Culture of Fear.

Tickets are available in advance from the Box Office at the Watershed Media Centre 0117 927 5100. For more details about the lecture contact Fiona Watt on 0117 344 3953 or e-mail cct@uwe.ac.uk.


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