Invitation to Sociology A Humanistic Perspective

ISBN-10: 0385065299
ISBN-13: 9780385065290
Edition: 1963
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Description: This lucid book presents the discipline of sociology to both the general reader and the student. Viewing sociology in the humanist tradition, Berger points out its affinity to history and philosophy, as well as its need for scientific procedures.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1963
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1963
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

This lucid book presents the discipline of sociology to both the general reader and the student. Viewing sociology in the humanist tradition, Berger points out its affinity to history and philosophy, as well as its need for scientific procedures.

Peter L. Berger is a Viennese-born American sociologist educated at Wagner College and the New School for Social Research in New York. He teaches at Boston University and directs the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture. Berger's work has focused on the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of economics, and the sociology of religion. His closest collaborator has been his wife, Brigitte Kellner Berger, who coauthored several volumes with him and has been a central influence on his work. Berger is perhaps best known for The Social Construction of Reality (1967) which he wrote with Thomas Luckmann. In this book, considered one of the most important works on the sociology of knowledge written in the twentieth century, the authors make a case for humanistic sociology that views human reality as socially constructed. They propose that sociological knowledge can best be achieved through a continuing conversation with history and philosophy.

Preface
Sociology as an Individual Pastime
Sociology as a Form of Consciousness
Excursus: Alternation and Biography (Or: How to Acquire a Prefabricated Past)
Sociological Perspective--Man in Society
Sociological Perspective--Society in Man
Sociological perspective--Society as Drama
Excursus: Sociological Machiavellianism and Ethics (Or: How to Acquire Scruples and Keep on Cheating)
Sociology as a Humanistic Discipline
Bibliographical Comments
Index

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