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Encounters with AgingMythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America$
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Margaret Lock

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520082212

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520082212.001.0001

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The Turn of Life—Unstable Meanings

The Turn of Life—Unstable Meanings

(p.3) 1 The Turn of Life—Unstable Meanings
Encounters with Aging

Margaret Lock

University of California Press

For the study, the authors visited a total of 105 households in several different regions of Japan for over 150 hours in all, while women between forty-five and fifty-five years old recounted their experiences, beliefs, and concerns about kōnenki. This chapter edits and frames the narratives, artificially separating out the concepts for the sake of clarity in this discussion. It highlights from the outset important differences between the concepts and lived experiences of individuals as they go through the transitions of kōnenki and menopause, respectively.

Keywords:   menopausal disorders, kōnenki, menstruation, Japan, middle-aged women

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