Manuel Castells

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Manuel Castells (Spanish name: Manuel Castells Oliván, born in Hellín, Albacete, Spain, in 1942) is a sociologist especially associated with information society and communications research.

The 2000–09 research survey of the Social Sciences Citation Index ranks him as the world’s fifth most-cited social sciences scholar, and the foremost-cited communications scholar.[1] He is a member of the International Ethical, Scientific and Political Collegium, a leadership and expertise organisation for developing means of overcoming the problems to establishing a peaceful, socially-just, and economically-sustainable world.



Manuel Castells was raised primarily in Barcelona. Although from a conservative family, he was politically active in the student anti-Franco movement, an adolescent political activism that forced him to flee Spain for France. In Paris, at the age of twenty, he completed his degree studies, then progressed to the University of Paris, where he earned a doctorate in sociology. At the age of twenty-four, Doctor Castells became an instructor at the University of Paris, from 1967 to 1979; first at the Paris X University Nanterre, who fired him because of the 1968 student protests, then at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, from 1970 to 1979. Subsequently in 1979, in the US, the University of California, Berkeley appointed him to two professorships; as Professor of Sociology, and as Professor of City and Regional Planning. In 2001, he was a research professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona. In 2003, he joined the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication, as a Professor of Communication and the first Walter Annenberg-endowed Chair of Communication and Technology. Professor Castells is a founding member of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and a senior member of the diplomacy center's Faculty Advisory Council; and is a member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication. Prof. Castells divides his residence between Spain and the US; he is married to Emma Kiselyova.

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