Journal article

Working practices of the menopause clinic

M Guillemin

SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN VALUES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

Although there are many possible ways of understanding menopause, it is the notion of menopause as hormone deficiency that currently dominates. How is it that this account remains prevalent rather than some alternative understanding of menopause? This question is explored through the employment of a framework informed by both actor network theory and symbolic interactionist studies. The author exploits the common ground shared by these two conceptual approaches to analyze how practices generate and reify particular kinds of knowledge about menopause. The analysis is situated within Australian menopause clinics and explores several key contemporary practices of these clinics to show how the p..

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