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Frånvarande kvinnliga subjekt - en analys av medicinska texter om klimakteriet

Esseveld, Johanna LU and Eldén, Sara LU (2002) In Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift 23(2-3). p.45-59
Abstract
The article "Missing female subjects. An analysis of medical texts about menopause" focuses on medical discourses about women and middle age. More concretely, it presents an analysis of articles in Läkartidningen from 1990 through 2001. Läkartidningen is the official journal of the Swedish Medical Association and has a distribution of nearly 30 000 copies. The analysis is based upon three qualitative methods. We begin with a combination of content analysis and narrative analysis – focusing on what is being said and how it is being said – and continue with discourse analysis – focusing on what is being constructed. What we discovered is that the commonly used term ’middle age’ is here re-defined as menopause, and menopause is represented... (More)
The article "Missing female subjects. An analysis of medical texts about menopause" focuses on medical discourses about women and middle age. More concretely, it presents an analysis of articles in Läkartidningen from 1990 through 2001. Läkartidningen is the official journal of the Swedish Medical Association and has a distribution of nearly 30 000 copies. The analysis is based upon three qualitative methods. We begin with a combination of content analysis and narrative analysis – focusing on what is being said and how it is being said – and continue with discourse analysis – focusing on what is being constructed. What we discovered is that the commonly used term ’middle age’ is here re-defined as menopause, and menopause is represented through a particular narrative where loss of fertility is followed by descriptions of problems and symptoms and where the medical profession offers solutions – foremost amongst these is the use of hormone treatment. At a discursive level, women are represented not as women but as ’woman’ – a body. This body is seen as a fixed, biological category which can be studied independently of how women may experience and reflect on their lives and their bodies. Women as active subjects embedded in complex social relations are made invisible in these texts, as are differences between women. (Less)
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kvinnliga subjekt, sociologiska institutionen, medicinsk diskurs, sociology, medelålder, sociologi
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Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift
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23
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2-3
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45 - 59
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Föreningen Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift
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0348-8365
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Gendered Identeties and Middle-Aged Bodies
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Swedish
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  abstract     = {The article "Missing female subjects. An analysis of medical texts about menopause" focuses on medical discourses about women and middle age. More concretely, it presents an analysis of articles in Läkartidningen from 1990 through 2001. Läkartidningen is the official journal of the Swedish Medical Association and has a distribution of nearly 30 000 copies. The analysis is based upon three qualitative methods. We begin with a combination of content analysis and narrative analysis – focusing on what is being said and how it is being said – and continue with discourse analysis – focusing on what is being constructed. What we discovered is that the commonly used term ’middle age’ is here re-defined as menopause, and menopause is represented through a particular narrative where loss of fertility is followed by descriptions of problems and symptoms and where the medical profession offers solutions – foremost amongst these is the use of hormone treatment. At a discursive level, women are represented not as women but as ’woman’ – a body. This body is seen as a fixed, biological category which can be studied independently of how women may experience and reflect on their lives and their bodies. Women as active subjects embedded in complex social relations are made invisible in these texts, as are differences between women.},
  author       = {Esseveld, Johanna and Eldén, Sara},
  issn         = {0348-8365},
  keyword      = {kvinnliga subjekt,sociologiska institutionen,medicinsk diskurs,sociology,medelålder,sociologi},
  language     = {swe},
  number       = {2-3},
  pages        = {45--59},
  publisher    = {Föreningen Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift},
  series       = {Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift},
  title        = {Frånvarande kvinnliga subjekt - en analys av medicinska texter om klimakteriet},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2002},
}