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Dog at my feet: A moment of identity construction within dissertation acknowledgements

Billany, Ruth (2014). Dog at my feet: A moment of identity construction within dissertation acknowledgements. Society and Animals,22(3):221-240.

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Title Dog at my feet: A moment of identity construction within dissertation acknowledgements
Author Billany, Ruth
Journal Name Society and Animals
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1063-1119   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1568-5306
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84899474162
Start Page 221
End Page 240
Total Pages 20
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Brill
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Human-animal studies (HAS) is a legitimate and multidisciplinary academic endeavor. In the last three decades, there has been a proliferation of articles revealing multiple ways of knowing about the human-animal relationship. This paper, informed by social psychological theories, turns the mirror upon new researchers as they emerge as professional selves into academia. Post-graduate students engage multiple and sometimes contradicting identities throughout their candidatures. The unit of analysis is the dissertation acknowledgement (DA) at both a structural and functional level. The DAs have recently become objects of serious empirical investigation as linguistic choice promotes a situated academic, cultural, and social identity in a moment of time. This paper examines the generic structure and purpose of 104 DAs, with a particular focus on the student-writer's identity with relationship to nonhuman animals in their lives. Fourteen sub-themes are subsumed into thanking, reflecting, and announcing moves. A case is made that the study of DAs is a potentially fecund research area for a unique moment of identity construction.
Keywords dissertation acknowledgements
identity
human-animal relationship
gratitude statements
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341325   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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