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The post-re/productive: researching the menopause

Vanessa Beck (School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK)
Jo Brewis (Department of People and Organisations, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Andrea Davies (School of Business, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)

Journal of Organizational Ethnography

ISSN: 2046-6749

Article publication date: 5 September 2018

Issue publication date: 26 September 2018




The purpose of this paper is to consider the impact of these experiences on the authors’ work and on the authors.


Following the publication of the report, the authors undertook collective, autoethnographic memory work that forms the empirical body of the argument. This is presented in 13 vignettes.


The authors found themselves continually traversing.

Research limitations/implications

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. The paper extends knowledge of how this research area is not only shaped by researchers but has an impact on those researchers.



The report that the authors discuss in the paper was funded by the Government Equalities Office. The authors would also like to thank the three anonymous reviewers and the editors of the special issue for their constructive comments and support for the work.


Beck, V., Brewis, J. and Davies, A. (2018), "The post-re/productive: researching the menopause", Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 247-262.



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