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The Pet Keeping Industry in the American City

By Irus Braverman

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Two years ago, my now nine-year-old daughter decided that she, too, wants in on the American dream. A family without a dog is incomplete, so the dominant narrative around us seems to dictate – and that narrative was readily picked up by my daughter and, subsequently, by her younger sister as well. The pressure is now fully on for us to “adopt” a dog who would fill our days with laughter and fun. A dog who would make us belong. Despite my initial urge to satisfy my daughters’ passionate desire, I cannot help but to contemplate the broader role of urban and suburban pets in the contemporary United States and, specifically, the capitalist foundations of the making and keeping of dogs in the American city.


Katie Osborn

Publication Title Law and Society Commons
Pages 51-55
Publisher Buffalo School of Law
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  1. Dogs
  2. Domestic animals
  3. Mammals
  4. North America
  5. open access
  6. Pet ownership
  7. suburban areas
  1. open access