Award Name : Princess of Asturias Awards
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Humanitarianism
Location : Paris, Île-de-France, France
Alain Touraine (born 3 August 1925) is a French sociologist. He is research director at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he founded the Centre d'étude des mouvements sociaux. He is best known for being the originator of the term "post-industrial society". His work is based on a "sociology of action," and believes that society shapes its future through structural mechanisms and its own social struggles. Touraine defined historicity as the capability of a society to take action upon itself, see The Self-Production of Society (1977).In 2010 he won the Princess of Asturias Awards for the Communications and Humanities.