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posted on 2019-05-21, 11:00 authored by Vanessa Beck, Jo Brewis, Andrea Davies
In reflecting on our experiences of bidding for, winning, completing and disseminating a government-funded report on the effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation, we consider the impact on our work and on us. These experiences took place in a variety of work contexts. Following the publication of the report, we undertook collective, autoethnographic memory work that forms the empirical body of our argument. This is presented in thirteen vignettes. From the earliest days of the menopause transition project, we found ourselves continually traversing the supposed public-private divide in our work contexts. Our experiences speak to broader social issues around gendered ageism in these contexts. The paper analyses the challenges of researching what is a universal experience for women yet also a taboo subject. It discusses the relevant implications for and possible effects on researchers who investigate such topics in organisation and work studies and elsewhere. Menopause experiences as they connect to work are under-researched per se. Our paper extends knowledge of how this research area is not only shaped by researchers but has an impact on those researchers.

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The report that the authors discuss in the paper was funded by the Government Equalities Office.

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Citation

Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 2018, 7(3), pp. 247-262.

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Organizational Ethnography

Publisher

Emerald

issn

2046-6749

Acceptance date

2018-07-20

Copyright date

2018

Available date

2019-05-21

Publisher version

https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JOE-11-2017-0059

Language

en

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