The Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger

The Social Construction of Reality

By Peter L. Berger

  • Release Date: 2011-04-26
  • Genre: Social Science
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The classic work that redefined the sociology of knowledge and has inspired a generation of philosophers and thinkers In this seminal book, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann examine how knowledge forms and how it is preserved and altered within a society. Unlike earlier theorists and philosophers, Berger and Luckmann go beyond intellectual history and focus on commonsense, everyday knowledge—the proverbs, morals, values, and beliefs shared among ordinary people. When first published in 1966, this systematic, theoretical treatise introduced the term social construction,effectively creating a new thought and transforming Western philosophy. “Berger and Luckmann do in relatively short compass what has long been necessary—they place the sociology of knowledge foursquare in the center of the sociological stage . . . The authors open up vistas which provide a major breakthrough in the sociology of knowledge and sociological theory generally.” —George Simpson, American Sociological Review Award-winning scholar and author Peter L. Berger (b. 1929) has been hailed as one of the most important modern American sociologists. Berger graduated from Wagner College in New York in 1949 before receiving his master’s degree and doctorate from The New School in New York in 1950 and 1954, respectively. Today, Berger is a professor emeritus of religion, sociology, and theology at the University of Boston and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, which studies relationships between economic development and sociocultural change. Berger’s works include Invitation to Sociology (1963), The Social Construction of Reality (1966) with Thomas Luckmann, The Sacred Canopy (1967), and A Rumor of Angels (1969). Thomas Luckmann (b. 1927) studied sociology at the University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck in Austria before studying at The New School in New York. He has taught at the University of Konstanz in Germany, and Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities, among others.


  • One of The Greatest Works in The Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    I read this book after graduating from college 25 years ago because so many of my sociology professors talked about it with such reverence. Since then I have not worked as an intellectual at a college or university, but I have worked with criminals and the mentally ill, and this book is better at explaining the origins of human behavior than nearly any book I have ever read. I haven’t read it in a long time, but I still think about what I learned from it. It’s a small and short book, but it is beautifully complex. Phenomenological Sociology is not appreciated by modern psychology like it should be.