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By Peter L. Berger

Peter L. Berger is arguably the best-known American sociologist dwelling this day. because the Nineteen Sixties he has been publishing books on many aspects of the yankee social scene, and a number of other are actually thought of classics. So it can be demanding to think Professor Berger’s description of himself as an "accidental sociologist." yet that during truth correctly describes how he stumbled into sociology. during this witty, intellectually stimulating memoir, Berger explains not just how he grew to become a social scientist, however the many adventures that this calling has ended in.

Rather than writing an autobiography, he specializes in the most highbrow matters that influenced his paintings and a few of the humans and occasions he encountered during his profession. choked with memorable vignettes and colourful characters depicted in a full of life narrative frequently laced with humor, Berger’s memoir conveys the buzz examine of social lifestyles can carry. the 1st a part of the ebook describes Berger’s initiation into sociology during the New college for Social examine, "a ecu enclave in the middle of Greenwich Village bohemia." Berger was once first a pupil on the New university and later a tender professor amidst a clique of like-minded members. There he released The Social development of truth (with colleague Thomas Luckmann), one in every of his such a lot profitable books, by The Sacred Canopy at the sociology of faith, additionally nonetheless broadly cited.

The ebook covers Berger’s event as a "globe-trekking sociologist" together with journeys to Mexico, the place he studied ways to 3rd global poverty; to East Asia, the place he stumbled on the possibility of capitalism to enhance social stipulations; and to South Africa, the place he chaired a global research crew at the way forward for post-Apartheid society.

Berger then tells approximately his function because the director of a study heart at Boston college. For over twenty years he and his colleagues were tackling such vital concerns as globalization, the secularization of Europe, and the continuing dialectic among relativism and fundamentalism in modern culture.

What comes throughout all through is Berger’s boundless interest with the numerous ways that humans engage in society. This e-book bargains longtime Berger readers in addition to rookies to sociology facts that the sociologist’s try and clarify the realm is whatever yet boring.

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