Perspectives for a New Social Theory of Sustainability

  • Mariella Nocenzi
  • Alessandra Sannella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. A Theoretical Overview on Social Sciences and Sustainability

  3. Methodological Paths and Perspectives for a New Social Theory of Sustainable Development

  4. Which Social Science About the Sustainability?

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 125-128

About this book


This ambitious book outlines the theoretical and practical implications of the recent technological revolution of human/non-human relations for social researchers, and in so doing, seeks to develop more adequate theoretical and methodological models for social scientists to describe and investigate these social transformations and their consequences. The environmental strategies to balance human actions with the earth’s resources utilizing a sustainable approach can inspire original conceptualizations and, therefore, a new sociological paradigm rooted in a necessary rethinking of the dualism between nature and culture, and of human relations in a hyper-connected society increasingly composed by non-human elements.

Chapter discussions include:

  • Sustainability and the crisis of the theoretical functional model
  • Environmental sustainability and the evolution of capitalism
  • From moral imperatives to indicators and indices: a methodology for validating and assessing SDGs
  • An understanding of psychopathological syndromes related to social environments
  • Social research between participation and critical detachment

Perspectives for a New Social Theory of Sustainability emphasizes that not only are modernist theories of unlimited wealth and progress no longer supportable, but also that their theoretical and empirical settings must be reassessed if society is to move towards sustainability. It promises to be required reading for students and researchers in sociology, psychology, economics and statistics, as well as professionals within government organizations and NGOs focused on human rights work, global inequities, ethical activism, and the UN Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

"This book provides a unique toolkit for politicians and citizens on sustainable development and how it is fulfilled every day."

David Maria SASSOLI

European Parliament President


Sustainable development Sustainability and the social sciences Inequality, equity, and sustainability UN Agenda 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals ethical activism Anthropocene society circular economies and sustainability project cycle management theoretical approaches to social sustainability frameworks methodological approaches to social sustainability frameworks moral imperatives in approaching sustainability emancipatory catastrophism political innovation in approaching sustainability social participation and critical detachment

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariella Nocenzi
    • 1
  • Alessandra Sannella
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication and Social ResearchSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Human, Social and Health SciencesUniversity of CassinoCassinoItaly

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