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dc.contributor.authorRamirez, Michael Eddie
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T20:02:10Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T20:02:10Z
dc.date.issued2001-08
dc.identifier.otherramirez_michael_e_200108_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/ramirez_michael_e_200108_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/20245
dc.description.abstractUsing interview data from twenty-six dog owners in Northeast Georgia, this paper examines the identity work involved in owning and being intensely committed to dogs. The commitment these owners exhibited indicated that their dogs were not "just" pets, but were regarded as significant others in their lives. Owners constructed the identities of their dogs, often by either directly or indirectly defining them as human. The relationships with the dogs also had implications to the owners' self-concepts. First, owners used their dogs to maintain their self-concepts. They also saw their dogs as reflections of their selves. Lastly, owners used the relationships with their dogs to enhance their self-concepts. In conclusion, this research substantiates the social construction of identity as well as of humanness. Furthermore, dogs are used as props to display aspects of their owners' self-concepts. Unlike traditional props, however, they display internal characteristics that are more difficult to observe.
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectDogs
dc.subjectPets
dc.subjectIdentity work
dc.subjectSelf-concept
dc.subjectIdentity construction
dc.subjectConstruction of humanness
dc.subjectIdentity Maintenance
dc.subjectIdentity enhancement
dc.subjectProps
dc.titleIdentity work among dog owners
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentSociology
dc.description.majorSociology
dc.description.advisorLinda Grant
dc.description.committeeLinda Grant
dc.description.committeeJody Clay-Warner
dc.description.committeeReuben May


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