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Abram de Swaan
Professor Abram de Swaan (1959) is emeritus University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he has been professor of Sociology since 1973.
De Swaan’s first publication was Amerika in termijnen; een ademloos
verslag uit de USA (America in Installments: A Breathless Report from the
USA) in 1968. In 1973 he obtained his doctorate degree cum laude with 'Coalition
theories and cabinet formations'.
From 1969 to 1991, he was editor of the general cultural monthly magazine
De Gids. Together with Paul van den Bos, he made a series of television
documentaries. In 1971 a television movie appeared and a book with the title
Een boterham met tevredenheid; gesprekken met fabrieksarbeiders (And a
Pat on the Back to Boot: Conversations with Factory Workers) was published.
De Swaan wrote short articles for the Dutch newspaper NRC/Handelsblad on a
weekly basis, which have been published in three volumes. In 1991, a number of
newly collected essays were published with the title Perron Nederland
(Platform the Netherlands: Essays on Culture, High and Low, Far and Near).
De mensenmaatschappij (Human Society: An Introduction) was published in
1996. In 2001, 'Words of the World: The Global Language System' was published,
together with a special edition of De Gids: De woorden van de Swaan.
‘Dutch Welfare Reforms in an Expanding Europe: The Neighbours' View’ was
published in 2004.
De Swaan has been director of the Academia Europea de Yuste, España since