Marguerite Soulière, PhD



Marguerite Soulière has a doctoral degree in anthropology from the Université de Montréal. She is currently an assistant professor at the School of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. The goal of her research is to develop a critical and interpretive analytical framework and generate knowledge that addresses health/disease issues in all their diversity and complexity. The main theme of her work concerns life cycle events and can be broken down into three parts: 1) Birth: The overall experience (pre-per-post-natal). Risk: The arrival of a new child; entry into parenthood; maternity and paternity practices (transmission of knowledge, security, education, diet/breastfeeding). 2) Adolescence : normalization and depathologizatoin; risk-taking; intimate and social relationships between girls, boys and boys-girls (of diverse origins and physical/social condition). Social parenting. Transmitting intra-generational interest). 3) Menopause and aging: Sociocultural construct of menopause and aging. Changes in practice and discourse in different times and different places.

Grandparenthood and generational bonds.

Research interest

  • Life cycles events (birth, teenage, menopause)
  • Risk of pathologization
  • Redefinitions of male/female
  • New networks of “key relations” (social kinship) and intra/intergenerational
  • transmission
  • The use of creation as a method of data collection
  • Research “with”: participatory action research


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Main address:
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Social Work
120 Université, Social Sciences Building, Room 12032
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5

Main telephone:
613-562-5800 ext. 6390

Research Unit:
Family Health Research Unit