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Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective

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The most popularly read, adapted, anthologized, and incorporated primer on sociology ever written for modern readersAcclaimed scholar and sociologist Peter L. Berger lays the groundwork for a clear understanding of sociology in his straightforward introduction to the field, much loved by students, professors, and general readers. Berger aligns sociology in the humanist tra ...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1963)
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Paul Eckert
This book opened my mind in so many ways, and has made me the lovable skeptic I am today. It will show you why humans are the way they are. It shows you how to look beyond what you're told and see what's really behind all of our cultural institutions. It does all this, yet it is never condescending, only explanatory. Read this book and it will change your life.
i would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in meanings rather then treating what we are given as truths. this book might be preceived by many as relevant only to those who are interested in pursuing sociology but in my opinion, this book with its uncomplicated writing and the explaination of any sociological jargon it might use, would be useful for anyone wanting to understand the swirling vortex of meaning and identity and cultural ethos that we deal with on a day to day basis.
Mar 25, 2014 Abyss added it
A zároveň mám i hotovou semestrálku! Boží... pět dalších na sociologii ještě zbývá O.o

Již od dětství se snažíme shromažďovat to, co Berger nazývá „adresami“, jsou to nezpochybnitelné údaje, které nás pevně spojují s realitou – jak se jmenuji, jaké jsem národnosti, kolik je mi let. Jsme tak od počátku našeho života „chyceni do pasti rozumnosti“, protože vyrůstáme s tím, že co je psáno, je také dáno. Možná si tak až příliš pozdě uvědomujeme, že skutečná pravda leží někde naprosto jinde, důmyslně u
This one's added to represent my university sociology classes. My primary undergrad interest academically was cultural anthropology, a focus less depressing than social problems, whatever those high school classes I might have taught were labeled. Modern Problems, Civics, etc.

(Recently read an article that stated high school teachers were among the five most regretted career paths. Sociologically, what does that signify? Shutter I, and exhale with relief, thinking grateful thoughts the powers t
For a elective class, where I just looked for social issues (I did not understand what sociology means), I must read the chapters 4 and 5: men in the society and society in men, of this book. I still remember my passion when I just finished those chapters, I could not believe what I was reading: how is the society function?, how I could live without knowing the elements in the society and in the men to develop the conception of the structure, I just could not breath, close the book, look to the ...more
should have changed the title to "Life: A formula"
If you are not required to read this book for class, stop. Put it down. Go find something more modern.

This book is sexist, or at least androcentric. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every example in this book is of a man. Women appear only as wives or girlfriends who are objects to be pursued or acted upon, not as actors themselves. "Man" and "men" and "mankind" are used unironically as neutral pronouns.

In this day and age, you can do better.
A sociology classic that explains what sociology is and is not, and what sociology has the potential to be. Berger's writing style is often tongue-in-cheek and makes reading the book less tedious than, say, reading George Herbert Mead. Berger's use of examples makes many of his ideas easy to understand, but he occasionally wanders off into obfuscation.
The title here isn't very accurate in my mind, it does the contents no justice. Rather than a textbook treatise on Sociology, Berger presents a series of visualizations for interpretting how individuals see the world from unique perspectives, and the implications this has for humanity, the reader, and every collections of people in between.
La perspectiva que exposa Berger en aquest llibre és interessantíssima. A més és un plaer poder-ne llegir la traducció de Joan Estruch, perquè els exemples estan adaptats al context català amb el consentiment de l'autor, així que gairebé és millor llegir-ne la traducció que l'original. Decididament un gran llibre.
Was a text for a class (and the cheapest textbook my entire college academic career so far). However, it is relatively rich and relevant for a book written in 1963. Great introduction to sociology.
I read this in college, but I need to re-read it again at some point. Berger is a fascinating person, and I think I could probably get more out of this now than I did as a 20 year old.
Douglas Echenique Zambrano
¿Lo recomendaría? -No
Única y exclusivamente con fines educativos. De lo contrario hubiese leído cualquier otra cosa
Joe Spencer
A very well written introduction to sociology, as corrupt and misguided a field as that is. :)
Over 40 years old, but fresh, engaging, readable introduction to sociology.
Scott Forsyth
Excellent introduction to sociology. Berger is a fantastic writer.
Good, clear, without heavy bias.
Melissa Mcdonald
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Peter L. Berger is an internationally renowned sociologist, and the founder of Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. He was born in Vienna and came to the U.S. in his late teens. He has a master's degree and a doctorate from the New School for Social Research in New York. After two years in the United States Army, he taught at the University of Georgia and the Univ ...more
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