Welcome to the one and only source of live updates for my 2017 William and Mary Anthropology Honors Thesis – From Being to Thing: Commodification and Mistreatment of Animals in the United States. Thank you so much for your interest in my research!

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My name is Madeline White; I’m an anthropology major at the College of William and Mary. I am in the process of researching and writing an honors thesis on the valuation and treatment of animals (especially pets) in the United States. Over the course of this research I will be traveling across the country as well as doing localized ethnography. I am excited to get to know people and their pets from all over the United States, and this blog will be the public documentation of this journey.

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