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The post-re/productive: researching the menopause

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-262
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Organizational Ethnography
Issue number3
Early online date6 Sep 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sep 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Oct 2018


Purpose: In reflecting on our experiences of bidding for, winning, completing and disseminating a government-funded report on the effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation, we consider the impact on our work and on us. These experiences took place in a variety of work contexts.

Design/methodology/approach: Following the publication of the report, we undertook collective, autoethnographic memory work that forms the empirical body of our argument. This is presented in thirteen vignettes.

Findings: From the earliest days of the menopause transition project, we found ourselves continually traversing the supposed public-private divide in our work contexts. Our experiences speak to broader social issues around gendered ageism in these contexts.

Research implications: The paper analyses the challenges of researching what is a universal experience for women yet also a taboo subject. It discusses the relevant implications for and possible effects on researchers who investigate such topics in organisation and work studies and elsewhere.

Originality/value: Menopause experiences as they connect to work are under-researched per se. Our paper extends knowledge of how this research area is not only shaped by researchers but has an impact on those researchers.

    Research areas

  • academia, autoethnography, contexts, menopause, research, work

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