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Peter Berger

Professor Emeritus-Religion, Sociology, Theology
Boston University


Professor Berger previously taught at the New School for Social Research, at Rutgers University, and at Boston College. He has written numerous books on sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development, which have been translated into dozens of foreign languages. Among his more recent books are Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience (1997); Modernity, Pluralism and the Crisis of Meaning (with Thomas Luckmann, 1995); The Capitalist Revolution: Fifty Propositions About Prosperity, Equality and Liberty (1988); and The War Over the Family: Capturing the Middle Ground (with Brigitte Berger, 1983). In 1992, Professor Berger was awarded the Manes Sperber Prize, presented by the Austrian government for significant contributions to culture. Since 1985, Professor Berger has been Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture. The institute is a research center committed to systematic study of relationships between economic development and sociocultural change in different parts of the world.

Research Interest

Sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development


  • Berger PL, Luckmann T. The social construction of reality: A treatise in the sociology of knowledge. Penguin UK; 1991 Mar 28.

  • Berger PL. Invitation to sociology: A humanistic perspective. Open Road Media; 2011 Apr 26.

  • Berger PL. The sacred canopy: Elements of a sociological theory of religion. Open Road Media; 2011 Apr 26.

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