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Encyclopedia > Peter Berger

Peter Ludwig Berger (born March 17, 1929) is an American sociologist well known for his work The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (New York, 1966). March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sociology is the study of the social lives of humans, groups and societies. ... Socially constructed reality forms a concept within the sociology of knowledge and the social constructionist strand of postmodernism. ...



Berger was born in Vienna and emigrated to the United States shortly after World War II. In 1949 he graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts. He continued his studies at the New School for Social Research in New York (M.A. in 1950, Ph. D. in 1952). This article is about the city and federal state in Austria. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Wagner College is a college located on Staten Island. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... New School University is an institute of higher learning in New York City. ... Events January January 5 - US Senator Estes Kefauver introduces a resolution calling for examination of organized crime in the USA January 6 - The United Kingdom recognizes the Peoples Republic of China. ... 1952 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...

In 1955 and 1956 he worked at the Evangelische Akademie in Bad Boll, Germany. From 1956 to 1958 Berger was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina; from 1958 to 1963 he was an associate professor at Hartford Theological Seminary. The next stations in his career were professorships at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, and Boston College. Since 1981 Berger has been Professor of Sociology and Theology at Boston University, and since 1985 also director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture. 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1956 is a leap year starting on Sunday. ... The Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is one of the worlds leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the eleventh-oldest institution of higher education and the oldest public university in the United States. ... Events January-February January 11 - The Whisky A Go-Go night club in Los Angeles, the first disco in the USA, is opened. ... Rutgers University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is located in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden and Newark, New Jersey. ... Boston College is an elite, private university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Boston University is a non-sectarian private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The influential sociological works of Berger include:

  • Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective (1963)
  • The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (1966, with Thomas Luckmann)
  • The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion (1967)
  • A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural, 1970.

Today he writes on the sociology of religion and capitalism: Thomas Luckmann (b. ...

  • The Capitalist Spirit: Toward a Religious Ethic of Wealth Creation (editor, 1990).
  • Peter Berger and the Study of Religion, 2001
  • Homeless Mind : Modernization and Consciousness, 1974
  • Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience, 1997
  • Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World, 1974. with Samuel P. Huntington
  • The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. et al. 1999
  • Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Affirmation of Christianity (Religion and the Modern World), 2003
  • A Far Glory: The Quest for Faith in an Age of Credibility, 1992.
  • Heretical Imperative: Contemporary Possibilities of Religious Affirmation
  • The Limits of Social Cohesion: Conflict and Mediation in Pluralist Societies : A Report of the Bertelsmann Foundation to the Club of Rome
  • Other Side of God, 1981, ISBN 0385174241


  • James D. Hunter, Stephen C. Ainley. Making Sense of Modern Times: Peter L. Berger and the Vision of Interpretive Sociology
  • Robert Wuthnow. Cultural Analysis: The Work of Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jurgen Habermas


Berger is doctor honoris causa of Loyola University, Wagner College, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Geneva, and Munich University. He is an honorary member of many scientific associations. Loyola University, Loyola College, Loyola School, and Loyola Academy Several educational institutions carry the name of Loyola, in honor of St. ... Wagner College is a college located on Staten Island. ... Not to be confused with the University of Notre Dame Australia University of Notre Dame du Lac The University of Notre Dame (standard name; full legal name University of Notre Dame du Lac) is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA adjacent to the... The University of Geneva (Université de Genève) is one of the oldest universities in the world. ... With approximately 48,000 students, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (German: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München or LMU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. ...

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John Berger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (866 words)
Born in England, Berger served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London.
When accepting the prize Berger made a point of donating half his cash award to the Black Panther Party in Britain, and retaining half to support his work on the study of migrant workers that became A Seventh Man, insisting on both as necessary parts of his political struggle.
Berger's recent novels include To the Wedding, a love story dealing with the AIDS crisis, and King: A Street Story, a novel on homeless and shantytown life told from the perspective of a street dog.
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