Dog vs cat people.
Is there a difference? Does it matter? Animal companionship is an established element of American culture. Our relationship with our companion animals permeates many facets of our culture and society, including our own individual identities. Dogs and cats are by far the most favored companion species, yet most Americans love one species more than the other. Anthropologist and Anthrozoologist Heather Frigiola suggests that Americans’ alignments as “dog people” and “cat people” are based on individuals’ self-projection onto one or the other species. Americans impose differing sets of cultural values onto dogs and cats, which creates two different subcultures that are frequently at odds with one another. This cultural dynamic has both positive and negative consequences for the animals.
Speaker: Heather Frigiola, MS
This talk makes light of the following topics:
- Commonly held assumptions about dogs and cats that are based on modern folklore, mistaken for fact
- Dog culture, cat culture, and the respective values of each
- Evolving dynamics within and between the two pet subcultures
- Possible impacts that this folklore-based cultural binary may have on the animals and their relationships with people
When: Live online lecture is scheduled for June 16th, 2015 Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 pm EDT (Midnight Greenwich Mean Time)
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