Agenda 2030 tra Sviluppo Sostenibile e cultura della sostenibilità: una lettura sociologica

Agenda 2030 between Sustainable Development and the Culture of Sustainability: A Sociological Reading

  • Angelo Falzarano University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
Keywords: Sustainable development, Culture of sustainability, Goals 2030, Sustainibility values


In an international context in which cultural policies are increasingly moving away from a political and social tradition to become a secondary element of economic development strategies, the integration of a social interpretation of culture into debates on sustainable development would contribute to improving benefits of social and environmental cultural actions. This type of perspective is reflected in the work of some authors, including Kagan (2011), which deals with the notion of a culture of sustainability (values, norms and social conventions associated with sustainable practices) and ways in which the arts can inform and promote processes of social transformation. The role of culture (as a system of values ​​and norms) in sustainable development is based on the ability to process development models deriving from the 17 objectives and 169 goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. The purpose of this work is to outline and comment on the specific ideas that Various authors have developed around this problem over the last decade.


Abbas, M. (2016). «Réflexions sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies», Cycle facultaire de la faculté de Science politique et droit, Montréal: Université de Québec à Montréal, 8 avril.

Anand, R.S. & Sen, A. (2000). Human Development and Economic Sustainability. World Development, 28(12), pp. 2029-2049.

Ayestaran, I. (2011). Science, Responsibility and Global Sustainability: Steps toward a New Ethical Paradigm?. In O. Parodi, I. Ayestaran & G. Banse (dir.), Sustainable De-velopment - Relationships to Culture, Knowledge and Ethics (pp. 213-226). Karlsruhe: Karlsruhe Institue of Technology.

Barry, B. (2003), Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice, in Light A. e Rolston H. III (a cura di), Environmental Ethics: An Anthology, Malden, Blackwell, pp. 487-489.

Beddoe, R. et al. (2009). Overcoming systemic roadblocks to sustainability: The evolutio-nary redesign of worldviews, institutions, and technologies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(8), 2483-2489.

Bornschier, V. (2005). Culture and politics in economic development. Abingdon: Rout-ledge.

Bouquillion, P. (2014). Francophone Perspectives on Creative Industries and the Creative Economy, Canadian Journal of Communication, 39(1), pp. 55-71.

Escobar, A. (1995). Encountering Development. The making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Flew, T. & Swift, A. (2014). Cultural Policy. In R. Towse & C. Handke, Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy (pp.155-161). Cheltenham : Edward Elgar.

Fukuyama, F. (2000). Social Capital. In L.E. Harrison & S.P. Huntington (Éd.), Cùlture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress (pp. 98-111). New York: Basic Books.

Fukuyama, F. (2001). Social capital, civil society and development. Third World Quar-ter/y, 22(1), pp. 7-20.

Gore, C. (2015). The post-2015 moment: towards sustainable development goals and a new global development paradigm. Journal of International Development, 27, pp. 717-732.

Harrison, L.E. & Huntington, S.P. (Éd.) (2000). Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress, New York: Basic Books.

Hawkes, J. (2001). The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s essential rote in public planning. Melbourne: Cultural Development Network (Vic.) in association with Com-mon Ground Publishing.

Jabareen, Y. (2008). A New Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Development, Envi-ronment, Development and Sustainability, 10(2), pp. 179-192.

Kagan, S. (2011). Arts and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexi-ty. Bielefeld: Transcript.

Koehler, G. (2015). Seven decades of ‘development’, and now what?. Journal of Interna-tional Development, 27, pp. 733-751.

Krugman, P. (2009). The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008. New York: W.W Norton.

Lucas, J.-M. (2012). Culture et développement durable. Il est temps d’organiser la pa-labre... Paris: Irma éditions.

Maréchal, J-P. & Quenault, B. (2005). Le développment durable : Une perspective pour le XXIe siècle. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes.

Moore, H. (2015). Global prosperity and sustainable development goals. Journal of Inter-national Development, 27, pp. 801-815.

Nau, H.H. (2005). Institutional, Evolutionary and Cultural Aspects in Max Weber’s Social Economies» L’Hamartan: Cahiers d’économie politique, 2(49), pp. 127-142.

ONU (1986). Dichiarazione sul diritto allo sviluppo. Risoluzione dell’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite 41/128 del 4 dicembre.

ONU (2015). A/RES/70/1, Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable de-velopment. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September.

Parodi, O., Ayestaran, I. & Banse, G. (2011). Sustainable Development - Relationships to Culture, Knowledge and Ethics. Karlsruhe: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Petrakis, P. (2014). Culture, growth and economic development policy. Hidelberg: Sprin-ger-Verlag.

Putnam, R.D. (1993). La tradizione civica delle regioni italiane. Milano: Mondadori.

Sachs, W. (1992). The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power. London: Zed Books Ltd.

Sen, A. (2003). Un nouveau modèle économique: développement, justince, liberté. Paris: Éditions Odile Jacob.

Stiglitz, J.E. (2013). Il prezzo della disuguaglianza. Torino: Einaudi.

Swedberg, R. (1998). Max Weber’s Vision of Economie Sociology. Journal of Socio-Economics, 27 (4), pp. 535-555.

Throsby, D. (2008). Modelling the Cultural Industries. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 14(3), pp. 217-232.

Tiezzi, E., Marchettini, N. (1999). Che cos’è lo sviluppo sostenibile? Le basi scientifiche della sostenibilità e i guasti del pensiero unico. Roma: Donzelli Editore.

Vlassis, A. (2015). Culture in the post-2015 development agenda: the anatomy of an inter-national mobilisation. Third World Quarter/y, 36(9), pp. 1649-1662.

Weber, M. (1961). Economia e Società. Milano: Edizioni di Comunità (ed. orig. 1922).

Walzer, M. (1997). Sphères de justice. Une défense du pluralisme et de l'égalité, Paris, Seuil.

Zelizer, V.A. (2010). Economie Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy. Princeton: Prin-ceton University Press.