Caption: Anthropologist Margaret Lock
Anthropologist Margaret Lock 

Episode 3 - Margaret Lock

From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Series: How to Think About Science
Length: 53:57

HOW TO THINK ABOUT SCIENCE: Part Three of a documentary by David Cayley, a producer with the CBC Radio program IDEAS. Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. This hour includes clips of Margaret Lock, a cultural anthropologist at McGill University, and the author of Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America and Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death.

Ep-3-lock_small In 1993 medical anthropologist Margaret Lock published Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America. The book explores dramatic differences in the way women experience menopause in each place. Such variation is usually taken as purely cultural, but, in her book, Margaret Lock makes a surprising suggestion. She proposes that there are biological differences between Japanese and North American women. Culture doesn’t just interpret biology, she says, it also shapes it. Margaret Lock is a professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill. In this episode you'll hear her current reflections on what she calls “local biologies.” Producer David Cayley begins his conversation with a discussion of another path breaking book of hers called Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death.

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Piece Description

In 1993 medical anthropologist Margaret Lock published Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America. The book explores dramatic differences in the way women experience menopause in each place. Such variation is usually taken as purely cultural, but, in her book, Margaret Lock makes a surprising suggestion. She proposes that there are biological differences between Japanese and North American women. Culture doesn’t just interpret biology, she says, it also shapes it. Margaret Lock is a professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill. In this episode you'll hear her current reflections on what she calls “local biologies.” Producer David Cayley begins his conversation with a discussion of another path breaking book of hers called Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death.

Broadcast History

This 24 part series first aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Related Website

http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/science/index.html#