1st Edition

Sustainable Development and Peace A Study in Sociological Theory

By Romina Gurashi Copyright 2023
    200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the growing attention that sociology has started to give to environmental issues in terms of peace and social justice. With a focus on sociological theory and its development, it reconstructs the long journey made by the social sciences towards the reconstruction, in a single theoretical paradigm, of the problems associated with the implementation of conditions of peace and sustainability. Beginning from the premise that environmental issues are never purely environmental, but entail political, economic and social implications, Sustainable Development and Peace offers an understanding of where we are heading and how, reflecting on present challenges and possible directions for the future. It will, therefore, appeal to scholars of sociology, social theory, development studies, politics and environmental studies.


    1. The theoretical roots of peace research

    2. Peace and war in Sociological Theory

    3. From peace movements to Peace Research

    4. Development in peace economics theories

    5. Sociological theories on peace and ecological development

    6. From sustainability to sustainable development in Peace Research theories

    7. Institutional debate on peace and sustainable development

    8. From Sustaining Peace to Sustainable Peace

    9. Conclusions


    Romina Gurashi, Ph.D., is Research Fellow in General Sociology at Sapienza University of Rome. She is also Managing Editor of the prestigious journal Rivista Trimestrale di Scienza dell'Amministrazione. Studi di Teoria e Ricerca Sociale, Deputy Editor of the journal Studime Sociale/Social Studies of both the Albanian Institute of Sociology and Albanian Sociological Association and Board Member of the Lab's Quarterly. Among her research topics, there are the processes of the mutual implication of peace and sustainable development; macro, meso and micro processes of social change; smart society and globalisation; social conflict; processes of social recognition and identity through fashion and made in Italy. Recent publications include Pathways of Peace: The Philosophy and Sociology of Peace and Nonviolence (2018) and Smart Society: A Sociological Perspective on Smart Living (2019).

    ‘A well-documented book on sociological theory that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through topical issues such as peace and sustainable development.’

    Paolo De Nardis, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, Italy

    ‘A highly topical and timely book inviting us to reflect on how peace has always been studied although not organically in sociological terms. The originality of this work lies precisely in having filled this gap by bringing together sociological topics scattered across time and space into a single cognitive effort.’

    Roberta Iannone, Full Professor of Sociology, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, Italy



    'By choosing the study of peace as her research field, Gurashi succeeded in mapping the notions and experiences associated with this topic of investigation across a broad spatial-temporal spectrum. In this sense, the strength of this work lies in starting from clear assumptions and probing aspects that have not yet been explored in depth.'

    Patrizia Sterpetti, Cultural Antropologist, President Wilpf Italy