brian pitt discusses peter berger

Brian Pitt, Delaware PhD student and Soc Imagination blogger, has an article on Peter Berger in Society. A few clips:

Abstract Invitation to Sociology makes known that sociology is a coherent and value-added academic discipline. In exploring the continuing relevance of Invitation to Sociology, the time is ripe to reconsider sociology as a value-added intellectual enterprise. This paper answers this question: What does sociology have to offer beyond what the humanities and its sister social sciences already provide? This paper answers this question by identifying the four elements that compose the sociological tradition. These elements are social action; embeddedness; social problems; and social construction. I argue that these elements are more pronounced in sociology than in any other academic discipline, and hence contribute to the value-added character of sociology.

Dude, I [heart] Brian Pitt. And:

Having adopted the perspective in Berger’s Invitation to sociology almost nine years ago, I simply cannot recount the number of times that I have read a piece of sociological literature and said to myself, “I will never look at prostitutes or drug dealers (or another group) in the same way again.!” Of course students in other disciplines have similar moments. Each moment is somewhat different, I contend, because the  consciousness acquired as a sociologist is somewhat different from other disciplinary perceptions. I have identified and expounded on what I—and Berger—take to be the four value-added elements of the discipline, which congeal into the unique consciousness that sociology provides. These distinguishing elements are a focus on social action; a focus on contextual embeddedness; a focus on social problems; and a focus on social construction. To be sure, these elements are seen in other academic disciplines. But, unlike other disciplines, these traditions are central to sociology. And hence, they provide sociologists with a one of a kind perspective that goes beyond what is seen in the humanities and other social sciences.

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Written by fabiorojas

June 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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  1. Hi,

    I am trying to get Peter Bergers email. I am doing my masters project at National Univrsity on how individualism has affected social programs in the United States. Please give me any literature or feedback you can.

    Have a great fourth,


    Kathy Prewitt


    kathy Prewitt

    June 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

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