Corseting The Body: An Integrative Approach to Understanding Its Persistence and Resistance in The Lives of Girls and Women
Readers who are familiar with Niva Piran’s many contributions to the knowledge base regarding eating disorders and body image will welcome this book. In it, she draws from a lifetime of clinical practice and research to bring together an integrative, developmental theory of embodiment. An analysis of one’s own body of work is an ambitious undertaking, and especially impressive when that analysis results in a unifying theory. Also notable are the many connections she makes between her observations and the findings of many other scholars who have explored body experiences.
In advancing her theory as integrative, Piran notes that over her lifetime of work, topics related to body image (e.g., body dissatisfaction) are often studied as “separate phenomena” (p. 259) without attention to the interconnections to social and political forces that impact on how girls and women view and experience their bodies. Accordingly, she asserts that embodied experiences must be viewed with attention to...
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