The New Sociology of Knowledge: The Life and Work of Peter L. Berger

The New Sociology of Knowledge: The Life and Work of Peter L. Berger

by Michaela Pfadenhauer

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Overview

A classical sociologist can be defined as someone whose works occupied a central position among the sociological ideas and notions of an era. Following this criterion, Michaela Pfadenhauer demonstrates the relevance of Peter L. Berger's work to the sociology of knowledge. Pfadenhauer shows that Berger is not only a sociologist of religion, but one whose works are characterized by a sociology-of-knowledge perspective.Berger stands out among his fellow social scientists both quantitatively and qualitatively. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and a multitude of essays in scholarly journals and popular magazines. For decades, he has played a role in shaping both public debate and social scientific discourse in America and far beyond.As a sociologist of knowledge, Berger has played three roles: he has been a theoretician of modern life, an analyst of modern religiosity, and an empiricist of global economic culture. In all areas, the focus on processes rather than status quo is characteristic of Berger's thinking. This book provides an in-depth view on the critical thinking of one of the most important sociologists that present times has to offer. It includes four written essays by Berger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351478441
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 175
File size: 342 KB

About the Author

Michaela Pfadenhauer, a university professor of sociology, is vice dean of the Faculty for Humanitities and Social Sciences  at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She is a member of the council of the German Sociological Association and the advisory board of the sociological journal Soziale Interaktion.  
Peter L. Berger is university professor of religion and sociology and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction and Biographical Overview xi

1 Beginnings of the New Sociology of Knowledge: Influences, Teachers, and Collaborators 1

Reflections on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of The Social Construction of Reality Peter L. Berger 11

2 Modernity and Pluralism 17

2.1 Modernization 20

2.2 Pluralism 24

2.3 Individuation 29

Pluralism, Protestantization, and the Voluntary Principle Peter L. Berger 33

3 Religion and Desecularization 47

3.1 Religion as a Human Product 47

3.2 An Anthropological Theology 50

3.3 The Possibility of Faith 53

3.4 Desecularization 55

The Desecularization of the World: A Global Overview Peter L. Berger 61

4 Culture and Socioeconomic Change 77

4.1 Economic Culture 77

4.2 Neo-Weberianism 80

4.3 CURAtorium 82

Our Economic Culture Peter L. Berger 85

5 Knowledge and Reality 93

5.1 The Problem of Relativity 93

5.2 A Theory for the Sociology of Knowledge 97

5.3 What Is New about the New Sociology of Knowledge? 107

Identity as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge Peter L. Berger 115

6 Reception and Impact of the New Sociology of Knowledge 127

References 137

Bibliography of Peter L. Berger's Contributions to this Book 147

Index 149

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