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The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge Kindle Edition

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (26 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X36R6G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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This is not an easy read by any means,as it was aimed at stimulating academic discussion in the sixties and as such some of the theories are explained in a very convoluted and academic manner. Thankfully the authors recognised the importance of communicating their views to a wider public and provided alternative explanations and numerous and often off beat humorous examples to elucidate the theories under discussion.
The book,as I see it,attempts to explain how far human interaction affects the reality we perceive and the behaviour we exhibit towards it.The methods that are employed to coerce us to be complicit with these 'symbolic universes' are examined as well as the pitfalls that such artificial human constructs produce.
I'd rate this book as essential for anyone who is even slightly interested in human behaviour/psychology/phenomenology/ or sociology and although not an easy read it contains more depth than more modern 'pop science/philosophy' books and gives you an understanding of how much your self-identity is connected to the society you live within.
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This is a nice book. It outlines the authors' social constructivist view of social institutions, arguing that 'reality' is a social phenomenon shaped by institutions which come about through social interactions, and which in turn shape the reality of future generations. The book is quite clearly written, and is not full of philosophical or sociological jargon. It is thus accessible to a reader who has little or no prior reading in social science/philosophy of social science, but is nevertheless not a trivialisation of the subject. I recommend this book.
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This book is the true classic in the area/stance known as social constructionism, to which it also lends its name. Presenting the explicit view that reality and truth is socially negotiated and maintained between members of societies and groups, Berger & Luckmann built one of the strongest basic pillars in the ongoing dispute between nature and nurture.
"The social construction of reality" is by now a classic, and even though it is written in a light and straightforward tone laced with vivid examples and scenarios, makung it easily accesible to most, it is not a work of popular science aimed at intertaining while it educates. It is simply well written, at times very essay-like and anecdotal, in arguing its main points.
The book has on several occasions been voted among the most influential and inspiring single books by college and universiy students. I myself have used it exessively in the course of my university study, and get surprised by how often it still 'pops up' with great relevance today. It is an important addition to the book-case of anyone with interest humanities, social sciences, or just how the society of man is put together.
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It is very good for a look at the processes of socialization and indoctrination, which creates the character and beliefs of the members of a society, belief system or religion.

However, it ignores the question of human nature, the collection of drives, motives, patters of response and personality which is genetically inherited and part of all of us, and seems to assume, like the ideology of communism, that this is a negligible factor in how societies and individuals think, feel and behave.

As a counterbalance to this absence one should also read Steven Pinker's "The Blank Slate".
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This book is truely an eye opener. It encapsulates the processes by which relationships become typified and charts the formation of institutions as part of the sociology of knowledge. It identifies why we regard things as being objective reality rather than subjective and consequently variable, and has lead the reviewer to question what is imutable and permenant across a range of situations. Truely a great buy.
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Accessible to the lay person and probably still is a standard text for the social scientist. I bought my copy in the late 80's and bought this one for my son this year (2015). If you are interested in gaining an insight into the role of knowledge in society and how many things came to be as they are... then this book is a good starting point that will stimulate thought and discussion.
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The book arrived on time and in good condition. The reason I have not put 'I love it' is that I use the book for work rather than leisure. But it is v good quality for the purpose it serves.
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