A Sociological Study on the Human-Canine Relationship
Date of Issue2017-04-10
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This research explores the roles that dogs could play in the lives of their owners in Singapore. Given the rise in dog ownership in Singapore, this research also seeks to examine the lives of dog owners and their relationship with their dogs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a total of eight dog owners, and the findings revealed that dogs could play three fundamental roles in the lives of their owners. Not only could dogs serve as facilitators of social interaction and as a kin to their owners, dogs could also have implications on their owners’ self-concept. In order to stay congruent with their self-concept, dog owners resorted to identity measures by seeing their dogs as a maintenance and extension of self. Since the sociological study of pets is not extensive, these findings aim to contribute to the growing body of research.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Social behavior
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University