Bridging Communities Through FCS: The Role of Scapes
This article examines the family and consumer sciences (FCS) profession's role in bridging communities and families to meet daily challenges and opportunities in a complex and fluctuating environment. This aspect of FCS practice is complicated because the historical definitions of community and family have undergone marked changes as a globalized society has evolved (Carrington, 2001; Trask, 2010). Previously community was defined by some social scientists as groups of interdependent people who have common interests, transfer generational cultural values, and live within close geographical proximity (Etzioni, 2001; Frug, 1996). However, with the influence of the Internet, advancing telecommunication technologies, and social media, the notion of community has evolved beyond geographic boundaries to include diverse social groups that share common interests or characteristics, values, and a sense of belonging (Rossi, 2001). FCS professionals must understand the influence of the redefinition of community to study, teach, and effectively engage families.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2015
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