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Familia Faber: The Family as Maker of the Future

Elise Boulding
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 1983), pp. 257-266
DOI: 10.2307/351505
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351505
Page Count: 10
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Familia Faber: The Family as Maker of the Future
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Abstract

A conceptual framework is developed using the term familia faber, which focuses on the family as maker of its environment and its future under conditions of rapid social change—rather than merely victim of change. Illustrative historical materials are introduced. The familial household as a coresidential mutual nurturance-maintenance entity that may or may not include kin is taken as the primary research unit. The creative response of households under conditions of boom-town stress on the Colorado western slope are examined, and the conclusion is drawn that a significant amount of household-initiated future-oriented thinking, action and community building takes place under the stress of rapid growth.

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