“The astronomer does not live in the remote galaxies, and
the nuclear physicist can, outside his laboratory, eat and laugh and marry and vote without
thinking about the insides of the atom. The geologist looks at rocks only at appropriate times, and
the linguist speaks English with his wife. The sociologist lives in society, on the job and off it. His
own life, inevitably, is part of his subject matter.”

-Peter L. Berger, An Introduction to Sociology. A Humanistic Perspective (1963).


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