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Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges

Franklin, AS, Emmison, M, Haraway, D and Travers, MH 2007 , 'Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges' , Qualitative Sociology Review, vol. 3, no. 1 , pp. 42-58 .

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Franklin, AS and Emmison, M and Haraway, D and Travers, MH
Keywords: Animal-human relationship; Health; Methodology; Qualitative research; Ethnography
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Sociology Review
Publisher: Qualitative Sociology Review
ISSN: 1733-8077
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