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Just Like Family: How Companion Animals Joined the Household

Andrea Laurent-Simpson


From the childfree and childless who nurture their dogs and cats similarly to a child to the grandparents who support them to children who view their animals as siblings and empty nesters who think of themselves as caretakers, it is clear that family structure—and who is part of that—has increasingly diversified in the United States since the 1970s. This book explores the ways in which family has changed to include companion animals as bona fide members with distinctly human identities. Using identity theory and the second demographic transition as a foundation, the author uses mixed methods t ... More

Keywords: diversification of family, companion animal, identity theory, nontraditional family, childfree, human-animal interaction, anthropocentrism, symbolic interaction, family demography, second demographic transition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479828852
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479828852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Laurent-Simpson, author
Southern Methodist University