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Just Like Family: How Companion Animals Joined the Household
February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm$10.00 – $35.00
Will we ever see the day, as a report in CBS News suggested, when expenditures on veterinary care exceed those of human medical care? Will doctors and nurses start asking about pets as they record patient social history on charts? If you have ever owned a dog or a cat, or if you are interested in learning about important societal changes in family structure, then please join us on February 1st to hear Dr. Andrea-Laurent Simpson. Dr. Simpson will explore the expanding role of animals in what she calls “the multi-species family,” providing a window into a world where almost 95 percent of adults who share their homes with dogs and cats identify―and ultimately treat―their animal companions as legitimate members of their families.
Andrea Laurent-Simpson is a Research Assistant Professor of sociology at Southern Methodist University and author of Just Like Family: How Companion Animals Joined the Household (published by NYU press). Her research interests include families and companion animals, identity, social construction of infectious diseases, and symbolic interaction.
You do not want to miss this program! I encourage you to invite a prospective member. Please RSVP by Friday, January 27th at dcmsaf.org
Boxed lunch to follow:
$10 for program
$35 program / lunch