Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, is one of the world’s leading communications theorists. He also holds an appointment as Research Professor at the Open University at Catalonia in Barcelona. Before joining the faculty at USC, Castells was Professor of City and Regional Planning and Professor of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. His work takes into account social, cultural, and political perspectives of the communication revolution, using an international view to explain the interrelationships between power, people, and information technology.
He is the author and co-author of several books as well as over 100 journal articles. His most recent book, “Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age”, which he edited along with Dr. Pekka Himanen, was published by Oxford University Press and released in August 2014. His other books include “The Internet Galaxy” (Oxford University Press, 2001), “The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model” (Oxford University Press, 2002, with Pekka Himanen), “Globalizacion, Desarrollo y Democracia: Chile en el Contexto Mundial” (Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2005), “Mobile Communication and Society” (Cambridge: The M.I.T Press, 2006) (co-authored), “Communication Power” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), “Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis” (Oxford University Press, 2012) (co-author and co-editor), and “Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age” (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012, second edition 2014).
He serves on numerous boards of academic journals and co-edits the International Journal of Communication. Castells’s expertise in communications has earned him, among other distinguished awards, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for his lifelong contribution to community and urban sociology.
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