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Peter L. Berger

1929 - 2017

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Peter Ludwig Berger (17 March 1929 – 27 June 2017) was an Austrian-born American sociologist and Protestant theologian. Berger became known for his work in the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of religion, study of modernization, and theoretical contributions to sociological theory. Berger is arguably best known for his book, co-authored with Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (New York, 1966), which is considered one of the most influential texts in the sociology of knowledge and played a central role in the development of social constructionism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter L. Berger has received more than 524,533 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Peter L. Berger is the 19th most popular sociologist, the 201st most popular biography from Austria (down from 184th in 2019) and the most popular Austrian Sociologist.

Peter L. Berger is most famous for his work in sociology and cultural analysis. He is best known for his book, The Sacred Canopy, which was published in 1967. This book explored the way in which religion is a fundamental part of society and culture.

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Among sociologists, Peter L. Berger ranks 19 out of 54Before him are Immanuel Wallerstein, Ulrich Beck, Karl Mannheim, Gabriel Tarde, Manuel Castells, and Pitirim Sorokin. After him are C. Wright Mills, Alain Touraine, Daniel Bell, Paul Lazarsfeld, Robert Michels, and Stuart Hall.

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Among people born in 1929, Peter L. Berger ranks 54Before him are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Yevgeny Primakov, Lennart Meri, Richard E. Taylor, Günter Schabowski, and Christa Wolf. After him are George Steiner, Zoltán Czibor, Isamu Akasaki, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jerry Goldsmith, and Mohamed Al-Fayed. Among people deceased in 2017, Peter L. Berger ranks 43Before him are Louise Hay, Danielle Darrieux, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Malcolm Young, Liliane Bettencourt, and Al Jarreau. After him are Adnan Khashoggi, John Surtees, Sam Shepard, Jean Rochefort, Emma Morano, and Chester Bennington.

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Among people born in Austria, Peter L. Berger ranks 201 out of 1,237Before him are Archduke Ernest of Austria (1553), Miep Gies (1909), Otto Neurath (1882), Ferdinand II of Portugal (1816), Ingeborg Bachmann (1926), and Angela Hitler (1883). After him are Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria (1866), Mercédès Jellinek (1889), Elizabeth of Austria (1437), Wilhelm Miklas (1872), Joseph Joachim (1831), and Leopold III, Margrave of Austria (1073).


Among sociologists born in Austria, Peter L. Berger ranks 1After him are Paul Lazarsfeld (1901).