Sociologija 2011 Volume 53, Issue 3, Pages: 257-274
Full text ( 200 KB)
Jane Jacobs' ideas about the economical nature of urban societies
It is not possible at all to understand the ideas that Jane Jacobs had been
asserting in her various academic, activistic and research works if we
consider only one of these aspects. If we consider, as the very center of her
interest for urban societies, only her ideas about large American cities, we
put in second plan, to some extent, her ideas covering a much wider spectrum.
Particularly, I am referring to her understanding of the relationships
between economy, cities and prosperity of nations. Today, after almost thirty
years since the publication of “Cities and the Wealth of Nations”, it is easy
to notice her ability of anticipation: we analyze ideas about the connections
between the roles of national states, globalization and the existence of
world cities. When the problem is about the destiny of big cities and their
connections to the economy, J. Jacobs assembles the scenario of the
historical retrospective and vision, in a similar way to L. Mumford. With a
careful reading of her ideas, we become conscious of the extent to which the
connecting of urban features allows sociology to understand, to accept many
disciplines in contact and use them as complementary. It is not only a cheap,
postmodern flirting with the main stream in the center of which lies
globalization, but more an opening of humanities to the ideas of I.
Wallerstein of a heuristic importance.
Keywords: Jacobs, urban societies, city economy, city-region, national state
More data about this article available through SCIndeks