Abram de Swaan

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Abram de Swaan
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Abram de Swaan in 2010
Born (1942-01-08) 8 January 1942 (age 75)
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Abram de Swaan (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːbrɑm də sʋaːn]; born 8 January 1942) is a Dutch essayist, sociologist and professor emeritus from the University of Amsterdam.

In 1996, he became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1]

He developed the concept of a global language system.

He received the P. C. Hooft Award in 2008.[2]


Books in Dutch[edit]

  • Amerika in termijnen (1968)
  • Halverwege de Heilstaat (essays; 1983)
  • Zorg en de Staat (1989)
  • Perron Nederland (1991)
  • Moord en de staat (2003)

Books in English[edit]

  • Words of the World (2001)
  • The Killing Compartments (2015)



  1. ^ "Abram de Swaan". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ (Dutch) P.C. Hooftprijs voor Abram de Swaan, de Volkskrant, 15 dec 2007 (Retrieved on May 11, 2008)

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