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Women's ways of speaking about menopause and hormone replacement therapy: An American discourse on personhood


2002 2002

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Abstract (summary)

This study is an Ethnography of Communication of a communication practice that explores the ways American women speak about menopause and hormone replacement therapy in face-to-face and Internet speech events. Called MenoSupport, this kind of talk occurs in specific speech events where validation, support, and information gathering are the key components of participation. The theory and method of Ethnography of Communication guides the analysis and interpretation of this talk that is described from the perspective of a communication ritual where norms for interaction and rules for interpreting the talk are analyzed to construct features of a model of personhood for this speech community.

Key findings in this study include an analysis of a linguistic agon produced in MenoSupport that signals how women talk about both their bodies and their experiences in their bodies. The features of personhood discovered in this study include a woman's expressed requirement for doing something about menopause. Talk about this includes a woman's individual “quality of life” and the statement that she must be able to talk about menopause as a problem. Problematizing menopause creates an expressed need for a woman to take action during this stage of life. Taking action includes talking about menopause and hormone replacement therapy in venues other than the physician's office and medical interview. The key symbols of “doing something”, “taking action”, “quality of life”, problematizing a natural stage of life, talking as support for and validation of self are indicative of a model person who identifies with the unique qualities of being a “Baby Boomer”.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Language;
Womens studies
Classification
0459: Communication
0679: Language
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Women's ways of speaking about menopause and hormone replacement therapy: An American discourse on personhood
Author
Suopis, Cynthia Anne
Number of pages
274
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 63/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493717234, 0493717234
Advisor
Carbaugh, Donal
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3056283
ProQuest document ID
275774421
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/275774421
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