Premio Nacional de Sociología y Ciencia Política 2006

Biographical sketch of Mr Salvador Giner de San Julián

Salvador Giner de San Julián

Salvador Giner was born in Barcelona on 10 February 1934.

He graduated in law from Barcelona University in 1957 and did postgraduate studies at Cologne University. He holds a degree in sociology (1964) from Chicago University. He obtained a Ph.D. in 1969 from the same University and from Barcelona Autonomous University in 1976.

He has had an extensive career in teaching. From 1987 to 1991 he was professor and head of the sociology department at Barcelona University. Prior to that he was visiting professor at Yale University (1980-1981) and at King&'s College (Cambridge, 1964-1965). Between 1979 and 1987 he was professor at the universities of Puerto Rico, Reading, Lancaster and Brunel West London (as professor of anthropology and sociology). In 1994, he was guest professor at Rome University, at Mexico University (1994) and at Valencia University in 2001 (Venezuela). From 1990 to 1996 he was associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University, where he also directed the postgraduate course "Modern Social Theory" (1996-1998). He has been professor emeritus at Barcelona University since 2005.

In 1979 he became a founding member and chairman of the Asociación Catalana de Sociología. From 1987 to 1991 he chaired the Federation of Spanish Sociology Associations (Federación de Asociaciones de Sociología del Estado Español). Member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association from 1983 to 1990. In 1990 he organised the World Sociology Conference in Madrid. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Social Sciences Conference of the EU. Between 1988 and 1999 he was director of the Institute of Advanced Social Studies (Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados), of which he is the founder. He is currently the chairman of the Institute of Catalonian Studies (Institut d'Estudios Catalanes), a position he has held since 2005.

He has been editor of the Revista Internacional de Sociología (1991-2004) and has collaborated on other magazines as an editorial board member (Sociology, International Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, El Ciervo and the Journal of Classical Sociology).

He has been published prolifically in Catalonian, Spanish and English, and his works which have also been translated into numerous other languages. His most notable works include Sociología, Historia del Pensamiento Social, Carta sobre la Democracia, Teoría Sociológica Clásica, Carisma y Razón, as well as other works he has directed or co-authored, such as La Sociedad Catalana, Diccionario de Sociología, Manual de Civismo, Enquesta de la Regió de Barcelona, etc.

In 2005, Valencia University (Venezuela) awarded him an honorary doctorate and in 1995 he was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (St. George Cross) by the Catalonian regional government.