By Peter L. Berger

Peter L. Berger is arguably the best-known American sociologist dwelling at the present time. because the Sixties he has been publishing books on many points of the yankee social scene, and several other at the moment are thought of classics. So it can be difficult to think Professor Berger’s description of himself as an "accidental sociologist." yet that during truth adequately 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 resulted in.

Rather than writing an autobiography, he specializes in the most highbrow concerns that encouraged his paintings and some of the humans and occasions he encountered during his occupation. jam-packed 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 existence can convey. the 1st a part of the booklet describes Berger’s initiation into sociology during the New institution for Social study, "a eu 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 contributors. There he released The Social development of fact (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 largely cited.

The ebook covers Berger’s adventure as a "globe-trekking sociologist" together with journeys to Mexico, the place he studied techniques to 3rd global poverty; to East Asia, the place he came upon the opportunity of capitalism to enhance social stipulations; and to South Africa, the place he chaired a world research team at the way forward for post-Apartheid society.

Berger then tells approximately his function because the director of a study heart at Boston collage. For over 20 years he and his colleagues were tackling such very important matters 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 various ways that humans have interaction in society. This e-book bargains longtime Berger readers in addition to beginners to sociology facts that the sociologist’s try and clarify the area is whatever yet boring.

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