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Michaela Pfadenhauer is the head of the department of sociology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. She is a member of the council of the German Society for Sociology, as well as a member of the advisory board of the journal Sociology of Social Interaction. Peter L. Berger is university professor of religion and sociology and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, USA.

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"In this volume Berger is revealed not only as the competent social theorist and the valiant sociologist of knowledge and religion, but also as the singer of the praises of doubt, the true Christian, the analyst of change, and the critic of postmodernism who has always claimed dual citizenship: as a sociologist and a politically engaged believer. ... The reader will be surprised and highly satisfied to find so much sociological knowledge, embedded in the illustrative presentation of Peter L. Berger's life and work."

--Dr. Hermann Strasser, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen

"This enriched English version of its German original is an exquisite book. Upgraded with intersected extracts from Berger's original writings, the reader is provided chapter by chapter with a careful and comprehensible synopsis of his sociological reasoning and research on religion, modernity and pluralism, economic culture and change, and knowledge and reality in modern societies. Pfadenhauer's reconstruction will be invaluable for everyone who seeks to understand the history and development of transatlantic bonds in the sociology of knowledge. Together with Berger's recent autobiographical Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, Pfadenhauer's New Sociology of Knowledge discloses the history and the actors behind the ongoing task of erecting bridges between European and North-American approaches to sociology. This book is not an Invitation--it is simply a 'must' for all students of sociology."

--Bernt Schnettler, professor of sociology, University of Bayreuth


"In this volume Berger is revealed not only as the competent social theorist and the valiant sociologist of knowledge and religion, but also as the singer of the praises of doubt, the true Christian, the analyst of change, and the critic of postmodernism who has always claimed dual citizenship: as a sociologist and a politically engaged believer. ... The reader will be surprised and highly satisfied to find so much sociological knowledge, embedded in the illustrative presentation of Peter L. Berger's life and work."

--Dr. Hermann Strasser, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen

"This enriched English version of its German original is an exquisite book. Upgraded with intersected extracts from Berger's original writings, the reader is provided chapter by chapter with a careful and comprehensible synopsis of his sociological reasoning and research on religion, modernity and pluralism, economic culture and change, and knowledge and reality in modern societies. Pfadenhauer's reconstruction will be invaluable for everyone who seeks to understand the history and development of transatlantic bonds in the sociology of knowledge. Together with Berger's recent autobiographical Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, Pfadenhauer's New Sociology of Knowledge discloses the history and the actors behind the ongoing task of erecting bridges between European and North-American approaches to sociology. This book is not an Invitation--it is simply a 'must' for all students of sociology."

--Bernt Schnettler, professor of sociology, University of Bayreuth

"Michaela Pfadenhauer convincingly shows in her book how Peter Berger contributed to the reformation of the sociology of knowledge into a paradigmatic theoretical approach often referred to as "social constructivism." Her clearly written depiction of Berger's prominent analyses of the societal role of personal identity, culture, and religion are supplemented in a congenial way by papers of Peter Berg


"Michaela Pfadenhauer convincingly shows how Peter Berger contributed to the reformation of the sociology of knowledge into a paradigmatic theoretical approach often referred to as 'social constructivism.' Her clearly written depiction of Berger's prominent analyses of the societal role of personal identity, culture, and religion is supplemented in a congenial way by several essays by Peter Berger, demonstrating powerfully the relevance of the sociology of knowledge approach, not only to the specialized sociological discussions, but to a deeper understanding of our pluralist, globalized knowledge society."

--Hubert Knoblauch, professor, Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

"The book demonstrates what the 'grand theory' of the classic sociologist Peter L. Berger is all about. [It explores] the life and work of Berger . . . in an informative and insightful way. Short original texts by Berger are placed between the interpretative chapters as supporting evidence. After having read the book, one either has a superb understanding of Berger's contributions to sociology--or one will never grasp his ideas."

--Manfred Prisching, professor, Institute for Sociology, University of Graz, Austria

"This enriched English-language version of the German original is an exquisite book. [T]he reader is provided chapter by chapter with a careful and comprehensible analysis of his sociological reasoning and research on religion, modernity and pluralism, economic culture and change, and knowledge and reality in modern societies. Pfadenhauer's reconstruction will be invaluable for everyone who seeks to understand the history and development of transatlantic bonds in the sociology of knowledge. Together with Berger's recent autobiographical Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, Pfadenhauer's New Sociology of Knowledge reveals the history and the actors behind the ongoing task of erecting bridges between European and North American approaches to sociology. This book is . . . simply a 'must' for all students of sociology."

--Bernt Schnettler, professor of sociology, University of Bayreuth, Germany

"In this volume Berger is revealed not only as a competent social theorist and a valiant sociologist of knowledge and religion, but also as a singer of the praises of doubt, a true Christian, an analyst of change, and a critic of postmodernism who has always claimed dual citizenship: as a sociologist and a politically engaged believer. ... The reader will be surprised and highly satisfied to find so much sociological knowledge embedded in this illustrative presentation of Peter L. Berger's life and work."

--Hermann Strasser, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


"Michaela Pfadenhauer convincingly shows how Peter Berger contributed to the reformation of the sociology of knowledge into a paradigmatic theoretical approach often referred to as 'social constructivism.' Her clearly written depiction of Berger's prominent analyses of the societal role of personal identity, culture, and religion is supplemented in a congenial way by several essays by Peter Berger, demonstrating powerfully the relevance of the sociology of knowledge approach, not only to the specialized sociological discussions, but to a deeper understanding of our pluralist, globalized knowledge society."

--Hubert Knoblauch, professor, Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

"The book demonstrates what the 'grand theory' of the classic sociologist Peter L. Berger is all about. [It explores] the life and work of Berger . . . in an informative and insightful way. Short original texts by Berger are placed between the interpretative chapters as supporting evidence. After having read the book, one either has a superb understanding of Berger's contributions to sociology--or one will never grasp his ideas."

--Manfred Prisching, professor, Institute for Sociology, University of Graz, Austria

"This enriched English-language version of the German original is an exquisite book. [T]he reader is provided chapter by chapter with a careful and comprehensible analysis of his sociological reasoning and research on religion, modernity and pluralism, economic culture and change, and knowledge and reality in modern societies. Pfadenhauer's reconstruction will be invaluable for everyone who seeks to understand the history and development of transatlantic bonds in the sociology of knowledge. Together with Berger's recent autobiographical Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, Pfadenhauer's New Sociology of Knowledge reveals the history and the actors behind the ongoing task of erecting bridges between European and North American approaches to sociology. This book is . . . simply a 'must' for all students of sociology."

--Bernt Schnettler, professor of sociology, University of Bayreuth, Germany

"In this volume Berger is revealed not only as a competent social theorist and a valiant sociologist of knowledge and religion, but also as a singer of the praises of doubt, a true Christian, an analyst of change, and a critic of postmodernism who has always claimed dual citizenship: as a sociologist and a politically engaged believer. ... The reader will be surprised and highly satisfied to find so much sociological knowledge embedded in this illustrative presentation of Peter L. Berger's life and work."

--Hermann Strasser, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


-Michaela Pfadenhauer convincingly shows how Peter Berger contributed to the reformation of the sociology of knowledge into a paradigmatic theoretical approach often referred to as 'social constructivism.' Her clearly written depiction of Berger's prominent analyses of the societal role of personal identity, culture, and religion is supplemented in a congenial way by several essays by Peter Berger, demonstrating powerfully the relevance of the sociology of knowledge approach, not only to the specialized sociological discussions, but to a deeper understanding of our pluralist, globalized knowledge society.-

--Hubert Knoblauch, professor, Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

-The book demonstrates what the 'grand theory' of the classic sociologist Peter L. Berger is all about. [It explores] the life and work of Berger . . . in an informative and insightful way. Short original texts by Berger are placed between the interpretative chapters as supporting evidence. After having read the book, one either has a superb understanding of Berger's contributions to sociology--or one will never grasp his ideas.-

--Manfred Prisching, professor, Institute for Sociology, University of Graz, Austria

-This enriched English-language version of the German original is an exquisite book. [T]he reader is provided chapter by chapter with a careful and comprehensible analysis of his sociological reasoning and research on religion, modernity and pluralism, economic culture and change, and knowledge and reality in modern societies. Pfadenhauer's reconstruction will be invaluable for everyone who seeks to understand the history and development of transatlantic bonds in the sociology of knowledge. Together with Berger's recent autobiographical Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, Pfadenhauer's New Sociology of Knowledge reveals the history and the actors behind the ongoing task of erecting bridges between European and North American approaches to sociology. This book is . . . simply a 'must' for all students of sociology.-

--Bernt Schnettler, professor of sociology, University of Bayreuth, Germany

-In this volume Berger is revealed not only as a competent social theorist and a valiant sociologist of knowledge and religion, but also as a singer of the praises of doubt, a true Christian, an analyst of change, and a critic of postmodernism who has always claimed dual citizenship: as a sociologist and a politically engaged believer. ... The reader will be surprised and highly satisfied to find so much sociological knowledge embedded in this illustrative presentation of Peter L. Berger's life and work.-

--Hermann Strasser, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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