Writing Sociology: Social Sciences as Texts
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In his attempt to show the deep interrelation between sociology and the arts, Nisbet presented a number of analogies by which he tried to clarify how early sociologists were influenced by coeval artistic trends. The first analogy is connected to social landscapes. The same social landscapes of the incipient modernity, writes Nisbet (Nisbet, 1973, p. 43) were the objects of both artistic (novels and paintings) and sociological representation, yet “ … each of these landscapes may be seen taking shape in the works of the poets, novelists and painters well before it becomes clearly visible in the writings of Marx, Toennies, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel” (ibid.). By sociological landscapes Nisbet intends an extensive portion of cultural or social reality, represented from the specific point of view of the sociologist (ibid., pp. 42-3). Thanks to a form of artistic insight (and not the reference to welldefined methodological procedures) the early sociologists were able to convert the selected aspects of social reality into durable sociological concepts, such as mass society, society/community, alienation, anomie, power, and so on.