The Common Denominator: The Reception and Impact of Berger and Luckmann’s The Social Construction of Reality

  title={The Common Denominator: The Reception and Impact of Berger and Luckmann’s The Social Construction of Reality},
  author={Hubert Knoblauch and Ren{\'e} Wilke},
  journal={Human Studies},
This paper discusses the reception and impact of Berger and Luckmann’s The Social Construction of Reality (SCR). The article will, first, address Berger and Luckmann themselves and their approach to the book (see section 1). In the next part, we will sketch the diffusion of the basic concept of the book (see section 2a). Then we want to show that the reception exhibits a particular open form, which allowed it to disperse into extremely different disciplines not only of the social sciences and… 
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