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Durham University

Department of Anthropology: Asian (In)Fertilities

Menopause Among British Pakistanis in Leeds and Bradford

This research explores menopause and reproductive aging among British Pakistani women using a biosocial perspective. Both quantitative and qualitative methods have been used and menopause has been considered both as an event (last menstrual period) and as a life transition (involving possible changes to the body and to social lives/roles). Ideas explored include the influence of early life experience, migration, social status, class, Islam, tensions between British Pakistanis and the wider society, childbearing, and concepts like biradari (a type of patrilineal kinship group related to caste).

The research was carried out by Mwenza Blell for her PhD which was funded by a Durham Doctoral Fellowship, a Parkes Foundation PhD Fellowship, and a UK Overseas Research Student Award. Data collection ran from October 2006 to September 2007.

Special thanks are due to the staff at Milun Women's Centre (Leeds) and Womenzone Community Centre (Bradford) as well as Fozia Jabeen of the West Bowling People's Partnership.