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Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America

Margaret Lock


This book explicitly compares Japanese and North American medical and political accounts of female middle age to challenge Western assumptions about menopause. It uses ethnography, interviews, statistics, historical and popular culture materials, and medical publications to produce a detailed account of Japanese women's lives. The result offers irrefutable evidence that the experience and meanings—even the endocrinological changes—associated with female midlife are far from universal. Rather, the book argues, they are the product of an ongoing dialectic between culture and local biologies. Jap ... More

Keywords: female middle age, menopause, Japanese women, endocrinological changes, end of menstruation, hot flashes, stiff shoulders, aging women, female midlife, middle-aged women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780520082212
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520082212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Lock, author