Jane Jacobs, sociology, planning

The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs

Here for the first time is a thoroughly interdisciplinary and international examination of Jane Jacobs’s legacy. Divided into four parts: I. Jacobs, Urban Philosopher; II. Jacobs, Urban Economist; III. Jacobs, Urban Sociologist; and IV. Jacobs, Urban Designer, the book evaluates the impact of Jacobs’s writings and activism on the city, the professions dedicated to city-building and, more generally, on human thought. Together, the editors and contributors highlight the notion that Jacobs’s influence goes beyond planning to philosophy, economics, sociology and design. They set out to answer such questions as: What explains Jacobs’s lasting appeal and is it justified? Where was she right and where was she wrong? What were the most important themes she addressed? And, although Jacobs was best known for her work on cities, is it correct to say that she was a much broader thinker, a philosopher, and that the key to her lasting legacy is precisely her exceptional breadth of thought? 


  • 1 Jane Jacobs, Urban Visionary Sonia Hirt
  • Part I: Jane Jacobs, Urban Philosopher
    2 The Right and the Good in Jane Jacobs’s Urbanism Paul Kidder
    3 The ‘Sidewalk Ballet’ in the Work of Henri Lefebvre and Benjamin Fraser Manuel Delgado Ruiz 
    4 Jane Jacobs, Modernity and Knowledge Sonia Hirt 
    5 Jane Jacobs and Citizen Participation James Stockard
  • Part II: Jane Jacobs, Urban Economist
    6 Economic Development from a Jacobsian Perspective Sanford Ikeda
    7 What Would Jane Jacobs See in the Global City? Place and Social Practices Saskia Sassen
  • Part III: Jane Jacobs, Urban Sociologist
    8 Infrastructure, Social Injustice, and the City: Parsing the Wisdom of Jane Jacobs Marie-Alice L’Heureux
    9 Jane Jacobs, Jim Crow and the Madness of Borders Mindy Thompson Fullilove
  • Part IV: Jane Jacobs, Urban Designer
    10 Jane Jacobs and the Diversity Ideal Emily Talen
    11 Diversity and Mixed Use: Lessons from Medieval China Jing Xie 
    12 Jane Jacobs’s Relevance in Beirut Ibrahim Maarouf and Hassan Abdel-Salam 
    13 Jane Jacobs and Diversity of Use of Public Open Spaces in Thailand Kan Nathiwutthikun
    14 Revisiting Jane Jacobs’s ‘Eyes on the Street’ for the Twenty-First Century: Evidence from Environmental Criminology Paul Cozens and David Hillier 
    15 Jane Jacobs and the Theory of Placemaking in Debates of Sustainable UrbanismAnirban Adhya 
    16 Making the Familiar Strange: Understanding Design Practice as Cultural Practice B.D. Wortham-Galvin

    17 Jane Jacobs and Designing Cities as Organized Complexity Jonathan Barnett 
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