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The post-/reproductive: researching the menopause

Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Jo and Davies, Andrea (2018). The post-/reproductive: researching the menopause. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7(3) pp. 247–262.

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Abstract

Purpose
In reflecting on the experiences of bidding for, winning, completing and disseminating a government-funded report on the effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation, the purpose of this paper is to consider the impact of these experiences on the authors’ work and on the authors. These experiences took place in a variety of work contexts.

Design/methodology/approach
Following the publication of the report, the authors undertook collective, autoethnographic memory work that forms the empirical body of the argument. This is presented in 13 vignettes.

Findings
From the earliest days of the menopause transition project, the authors found themselves continually traversing the supposed public–private divide in the work contexts. The experiences speak to broader social issues around gendered ageism in these contexts.

Research limitations/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. The paper extends knowledge of how this research area is not only shaped by researchers but has an impact on those researchers.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN: 2046-6749
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The effects of menopause transition on women's economic participation in the UKDFE 2015041Government Equalities Office
Keywords: academia; autoethnography; contexts; menopause; research; work
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 55882
Depositing User: Joanna Brewis
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 09:12
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 01:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55882
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