The Loss of Parental Authority in America
Written By: Frank Furedi | Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2011
. The following is an edited, sneak-preview version of sociologist Frank Furedi's speech at the conference "Monitoring Parents: Science, Evidence, Experts and the New Parenting Culture," at the University of Kent on September 13.
In modern times, there has been something of a revolt against traditional authority. As a result of this, all forms of authority are increasingly being called into question. After all, if the authority of the king and the priest and the politician can be interrogated, why not call into question the authority of pater familias, too, the status of the mother or grandparent?
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