Invitation to Sociology

Peter L. Berger


The Nature of Sociology


Berger explains that the terms “society,” “social,” and “social problems” have many different meanings.



The Task of the Sociologist


Berger encourages the sociologist to “see through” society.  He gives an example of a large city with endless rows of houses to explain this.  We must look behind people’s closed doors to really find out what is going on.  The sociological frame of reference is always looking for levels of reality other than the official interpretations of society.  The goal for the sociologist is to “see through” the facades of society to find out what is really going on underneath it all.