The book is examining the fruitful, through admittedly unusual, relationship between sociology, aesthetics and the 'urban dimension'. Sociology should accept the challenge that come from the current "epistemological insecurity" of the postmodern age and try to re-think itself as a form of knowledge. In this sense - as has always happended in the history of human thought - the realm of art and aesthetic can provide a fertile ground for freshening up our "sociological imagination".
Vincenzo Mele is Lecturer in Sociology at Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA. He studied for is PhD in Germany, at the University of Bielefield. His works include essays and books on Georg Simmel, Max Weber, Walter Benjamin and Pierre Bourdieu.