Leeds Salon presents:
What does Authority mean in the 21st Century?
Date: Monday 3 March 2014
Venue: Room 1, Carriageworks Theatre, 6:45pm – 8:30pm
Speaker: Frank Furedi
To start off our fifth year of organising and promoting public debate in Leeds we’ve invited author and social commentator Frank Furedi to discuss his latest book Authority: A Sociological History.
In the 21st Century authority appears to have become “an elusive force”. While the issue and contestation of authority has been a central concern throughout human history, today the very idea of authority seems to be viewed in an almost entirely negative light. While every contemporary scandal or crisis creates a demand for authoritative solutions, this aspiration for authoritative answers seems to coincide with a cultural sensibility that is profoundly suspicious of the exercise of authority. In fact, it appears that we have become far more comfortable questioning authority than with affirming it.