Making Sense of Modern Times: Peter L. Berger and the Vision of Interpretive Sociology. James Davison Hunter and Stephen C. Ainlay, (eds.) London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986, 255 pp. (Cloth and paperback editions)
Peter Berger is one of the pre-eminent sociologists of the twentieth century. His highly creative and controversial writing has made a distinct impact not only in sociology but in such disciplines as political science, public policy, history, religious studies, and theology.
Making Sense of Modern Times shows how Peter Berger struggles with the classical legacy of the sociological enterprise - a legacy largely abandoned by contemporary sociology. Berger makes a self-conscious effort to recover this vision. Each of the four sections of the book - Social Theory: Modernization; Religion; The Method and Vocation of Sociology - contains essays which examine Berger's efforts in the light of these broader issues and assess the degree to which Berger succeeds of fails in his efforts. The book includes a contribution from Berger himself, responding to the preceding essays as well as presenting his own appraisal of the future of interpretive sociology.
Nicholas Abercrombi, Stephen C. Ainlay, Peter L. Berger, S. D. Gaede, Philip E. Hammond, James Davison Hunter, Jay Mechling, James P. O'Leary, Donald L. Redfoot, Robert Wuthnow, & Anton C. Zijderveld