Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges

Franklin, A., Emmison, M., Haraway, D. and Travers, M. (2007) Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges. Qualitative Sociology Review, 3 1: 42-58.

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Author Franklin, A.
Emmison, M.
Haraway, D.
Travers, M.
Title Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges
Journal name Qualitative Sociology Review
ISSN 1733-8077
Publication date 2007-04
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 42
End page 58
Total pages 17
Editor Krzysztof Tomasz Konecki
Place of publication Warsaw, Poland
Publisher Lodz University, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Institute of Sociology
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
370000 Studies in Human Society
730200 Public Health
Abstract 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.
Keyword Animal-human relationship
Health
Methodology
Qualitative research
Ethnography
Q-Index Code C1

 
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