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Epilogue The Politics of Aging—Flashes of Immortality

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520082212.003.0013
Epilogue The Politics of Aging—Flashes of Immortality

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This book has suggested that knowledge about the body is a product of history and culture and thus changes with location and over time. More specifically, menopause is neither a fact nor universal event but an experience that we must interpret in context. This chapter concludes that the meanings attributed to biological change that accompanies the end of menstruation show us most clearly the specifics of culture, and hence the differences. It is from a broader vantage point that we must take on the ideologies of menopause and kōnenki respectively, because the rhetoric, although superficially so different, has in common a fear of aging, and in particular the burden to society that old women become.

Keywords: menopause; kōnenki; old women; aging; human body; menstruation

Chapter.  7760 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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