Resignation, Resistance, Satisfaction—Narratives of Maturity

Margaret Lock

in Encounters with Aging

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520082212
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916623 | DOI:
Resignation, Resistance, Satisfaction—Narratives of Maturity

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Ishida Atsuko, a divorced housewife of fifty-three was the individual who first alerted the author to the fact that by focusing on kōnenki, the author was forcing middle-aged women into an inappropriate pigeonhole. This chapter examines why articles about kōnenki were starting to spring up everywhere, when clearly the majority of women were in agreement with Atsuko and did not find it a particularly trying time. Was menopause indeed, as Atsuko suggested, simply an entrepreneurial creation of the medical world? Or were the Japanese media with their sensitive antennae picking up on the rising interest in menopause in the West?

Keywords: Ishida Atsuko; life histories; kōnenki; menopause; Japanese media

Chapter.  14555 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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