The Role of Sociocultural Perspectives for Professional Practice

Guest Editor: Edith E. Baldwin

Vol. 13, No. 2

ISSN: 1546-2676


Modernity, Postmodernity, and Family & Consumer Sciences

Sociocultural Diversity:  Insights from Cultural Psychology for Family and Consumer Sciences

Postmodernism, Consumerism, and A Culture of Peace


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Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM
, Vol. 13, No. 2. 
1546-2676. Editor: Dorothy I. Mitstifer. Official publication of Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society. Member,
Association of College Honor Societies. Copyright © 2002. Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM is a refereed, semi-annual publication serving the profession of family and consumer sciences. The opinions expressed by the authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the society. Further information: Kappa Omicron Nu, PO Box 798, Okemos, MI 48805-0798. Telephone: (727) 940-2658 ext. 2003

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Modernity, Postmodernity, and Family and Consumer Sciences
Edith E. Baldwin, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia (former Assistant Professor at Penn State University and Oregon State University).


The sociocultural concepts "modernity" and "postmodernity" are briefly explored in relation to the evolution of family and consumer sciences. Although unprecedented social and cultural shifts are recognized, postmodernist views are called into question. It is argued that the concept of "modernity as an unfinished project" provides a more promising basis for continued social and professional progress.

Sociocultural Diversity: Insights from Cultural Psychology for Family and Consumer Sciences
Anne MacCleave, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Octavia James, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Arlene Stairs, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario


Increasingly, FCS professionals are working with culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities. Exploration of cultural psychology through five themes of intentionality, meaning making, creating communities of practice, participation in activity, and artifacts may lead to an enhanced understanding of sociocultural diversity. Insights from cultural psychology may also help family and consumer scientists reexamine the dichotomy between celebrating difference and dialoguing across difference.

Postmodernism, Consumerism, and A Culture of Peace
Sue L. T. McGregor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


This paper fleshes out modernism, five different strands of postmodernism (and what elements of modernism they refute or revise) and then explores how one's appreciation for building a culture of peace in a consumer society is dependent upon which one, or combination, of the five strands of postmodernism is used to make one's argument. Then, after briefly describing the character of a consumer society and suggesting that family and consumer sciences has been complicit in its proliferation, the paper discusses peace and human security, consumerism and human and social development (a recent sub-concept of sustainability) and suggests a new direction-participatory consumerism. The paper culminates in an examination of the emerging concept of human responsibilities which holds us accountable to respect solidarity, justice, peace, intergenerational equity, fairness and equality, non-violence, truth, security, diversity, dignity, sustainable development, community, and the plight of the vulnerable in society-especially in our role as consumer. The paper concludes with the challenge to our profession to perceive that it is within its purview to contribute to the development of peace in a consumer society.



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