Cities of the Mind

Images and Themes of the City in the Social Sciences

  • Lloyd Rodwin
  • Robert M. Hollister

Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lloyd Rodwin, Robert M. Hollister
      Pages 3-18
  3. Urban Images and Themes in Specific Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Peter Hall
      Pages 21-36
    3. John R. Harris
      Pages 37-54
    4. Martin Shefter
      Pages 55-82
    5. Lisa Redfield Peattie, Edward Robbins
      Pages 83-95
    6. Charles Tilly
      Pages 119-132
    7. Thomas A. Reiner, Michael A. Hindery
      Pages 133-147
  4. Reflections on Context and the Interpretation of Urban Images

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Kevin Lynch
      Pages 151-161
    3. Sam Bass Warner Jr.
      Pages 181-195
    4. Gerald E. Frug
      Pages 233-290
    5. Anthony Leeds
      Pages 291-311
    6. Paolo Ceccarelli
      Pages 313-335
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-356

About this book


Curious about the images of the city that have been evolving in the different social sciences, we did what academics often do in such a situa­ 1 tion: we set up a seminar on "Images of the City in the Social Sciences." From the start, we counted on the help of specialists in other fields to pursue their interests. Of the persons who agreed to participate, all but two came from the United States, and their analyses, in the main, reflect the experience of Western countries and the United States. In our formal instructions to our collaborators, we took fi>r granted that a variety of images of the city could be found or inferred in their fields of expertise. We asked them to identify these images and their functions, to explain how and why they have changed over time, and to relate these images to the distinct intellectual traditions and techniques-analytical or otherwise-in their respective fields. The definition of image was left to the judgment of the participants.


Diversity Image Political Science USA economics sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Lloyd Rodwin
    • 1
  • Robert M. Hollister
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban Studies and PlanningMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Environmental PolicyTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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