Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Sears, Alan,


Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.




Discourses of menopause are varied and complex, just as the lives of women themselves are diverse and multifaceted. For this study of menopause and women's lives, using life story methodology I have gathered information, anecdotes, poems, and personal revelations through interviews conducted with ten women. Drawing on the stories of their lives, I have explored the ways women think about their experience of menopause and related aspects of their lives. The feminist poststructuralist framework I have used consists of two elements, poststructuralism and feminism. The poststructuralist framework uses theories of language and concepts of discourse, dualisms, subjectivity and consciousness, power, diversity, and context. Taking a feminist approach to poststructuralism enables women's voices to be recognized as meaningful within this framework, while acknowledging the possible restrictions of society's structures as well as women's agency in their personal lives and within society. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .M34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 0973. Adviser: Alan Sears. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.