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Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges


Franklin, AS and Emmison, M and Haraway, D and Travers, MH, Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges, Qualitative Sociology Review, 3, (1) pp. 42-58. ISSN 1733-8077 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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To investigate the health benefits of companion animals in a way that goes beyond finding statistical patterns involves appreciating the philosophical debates about the nature of animal consciousness that engage an inter-disciplinary field of scholarship cutting across the Great Divide of the hard sciences and humanities. It also requires developing a methodology to conduct empirical research which is often viewed as of secondary importance by researchers wishing to make a philosophical case about human beings and modernity. This paper considers the achievements of qualitative sociologists, particularly in the field of post- Meadian symbolic interactionism who have addressed these issues, and discusses ways of extending and deepening this agenda through crossfertilization with similar work in ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and post-humanist sociology in investigating the health benefits of dogs.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal-human relationship, health, methodology, qualitative research, ethnography
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, AS (Professor Adrian Franklin)
UTAS Author:Travers, MH (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:44235
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-07
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