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Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS (PhD, University of Cambridge) held the Chair in Sociological Theory in the University of Wales in Cardiff before becoming Professor Emeritus in 1989 . Since then, he has held visiting positions in numerous institutions, including the Eric Voegelin chair in Munich, and chairs in the London School of Economics, State University of New York, Stonybrook, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC and the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Currently, he is non-resident Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Studies ‘Law as Culture’, Bonn University . In the past he has been founding Honorary President of Global China Academy (until 10th December 2021), President and of the British Sociological Association, Editor of the journal Sociology and founding editor of International Sociology. He was also Editor of the journal Sociology and founding Editor of International Sociology, the journal of the International Sociological Association. His first visit to China was in 1987 on an observa tional tour with the State Family Planning Commission and in recent years he has contributed to the annual Symposium on China Studies with the Academy of Social Sciences and the Ministry of Culture of the PRC. His specialties include social theory, organization theory and Max Weber’s thought, and he is internationally known for his pioneering work on globalization. His The Global Age: State and Society beyond Modernity (1996) won the European Amalfi Prize in 1997. Other books include Bureaucracy (1970), Max Weber’s Construction of Social Theory (1990), Globalization, Knowledge and Society (1990, ed. with E. King), the first book with the keyword ‘globalization’ in title (book reviewed by Roland Robertson, Contemporary Sociology, Vol . 21, No . 1, Jan . 1992), Do Organizations Have Feelings? (1997), Sociology: The Basics (1999), Global Civil Society (co-editor) in 2006/7, 2007/8 and 2011, Global Age Essays on Social and Cultural Change (2014), and China’s Role in a Shared Human Future: Towards Theory for Global Leadership (2018) and China and the Shared Human Future: Exploring common values and goals (2021).
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