Jane Jacobs’ framing of public disorder and its relation to the ‘broken windows’ theory

  title={Jane Jacobs’ framing of public disorder and its relation to the ‘broken windows’ theory},
  author={Prashan Ranasinghe},
  journal={Theoretical Criminology},
  pages={63 - 84}
Though much has been written about the ‘broken windows’ theory, very little effort has been made to locate and contextualize it within an historical perspective. This article serves as a corrective to this void. I explore the way the concerns about public disorder, which (re)emerged in the US academic literature beginning in the 1960s, were important forerunners for the concerns that would be raised in ‘broken windows’. Specifically, I locate the significance of Jane Jacobs’ seminal The Death… 
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