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By Lynda Birke, Jo Hockenhull

Many folks suppose powerful bonds with nonhuman animals, and those relationships are primary to a lot rising scholarship in human-animal reports. but to check relationships isn't straight forward; study usually makes a speciality of how people have an effect on animals or vice versa instead of at the relationships themselves. in part, it is a final result of the heritage of disciplinary divisions, fairly among traditional and social sciences. during this ebook, participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds examine the methodological demanding situations they face, and the way they pass approximately learning relationships among humans and animals. The booklet presents interesting insights into how learn on human-animal relationships can upward thrust to the demanding situations of interdisciplinarity, and aid us to appreciate the animals with whom we bond.

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As a broad generalisation, the methodology of much of the natural sciences is rooted in hypothesis testing; that is, theory is assumed to precede data collection. This inductive approach also characterises some quantitative research in the social sciences, but is much less characteristic of most qualitative research. Here, data collection (from observation, field-work, or interviews) may follow a broadly-framed question, but theorization generally follows from data analysis (at least in principle)—the approach known as grounded theory is an example (see Bryman, 2004).

In turn this forces us to think about how we might approach the study of such mess. This is the focus of the current chapter. Animals I share my life with two troublesome terriers—‘my’ dogs. I think ‘through’ my dogs. g. Tester, 1991). ’ I talk to them, I ask them questions, I think what their worlds might be like and how they may be ordered (olfactorily, for instance instead of cerebrally), I try to think what they 40 Nik Taylor might want or wish for, what makes their lives different to mine (other than four legs and a furry face).

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