The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, Issue 10; Issue 99

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Penguin Adult, Mar 28, 1991 - Social Science - 256 pages

A general and systematic account of the role of knowledge in society aimed to stimulate both critical discussion and empirical investigations.

This book is concerned with the sociology of everything that passes for knowledge in society . It focuses particularly on that common-sense knowledge which constitutes the reality of everyday life for the ordinary member of society.

The authors are concerned to present an analysis of knowledge in everyday life in the context of a theory of society as a dialectical process between objective and subjective reality. Their development of a theory of institutions, legitimations and socializations has implications beyond the discipline of sociology, and their humanistic approach has considerable relevance for other social scientists, historians, philosophers and anthropologists.

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User Review  - thcson - LibraryThing

When I first read this book six years ago I thought it was really insightful. Reading it now for a second time wasn't quite as exciting. The book begins with very good chapters on knowledge in ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

This is quite an interesting book. Its main thesis is an attempt to tie together epistemology and sociology. TO SUMMARIZE: Thought is a social construct. Our ways of thinking are influenced by our ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Peter Berger is Professor of Sociology and Theology at Boston University and is Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs.

Thomas Luckmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Constance, Germany.

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