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Association for Women in Psychology Awards Elsevier Author 2018 Distinguished Publication Award for New Theory

By: , Posted on: October 11, 2018

Elsevier celebrates Niva Piran’s and the award-winning book that details her groundbreaking new theory of embodiment in women and girls

We are thrilled that the Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) has awarded Elsevier author Niva Piran’s book Journeys of Embodiment at the Intersection of Body and Culture: A Developmental Theory of Embodiment with its 2018 Distinguished Publication Award.

Dr. Piran’s groundbreaking theory of embodiment, as presented in her recent publication, provides a new perspective on the development of women and girls. She considers their experiences in the social sphere as highly relational to their “embodiment” – that is, the idea that a person’s inner state (e.g. their emotions and desires) is highly related to their physical interactions with the world at large. This relatively new concept in the field of social psychology, and Dr. Piran’s woman-centric developmental theory, offers timely concepts for psychologists, researchers, academics and mental health and social workers, who work with women and girls.

This new theory of embodiment presents an explanation for the many ways girls and women are socialized into submission in a patriarchal society as they  grow up. Throughout the book, she uses the metaphor of “corseting” – that is, being squeezed increasingly tightly into a particular mold, feeling pressure from all sides to fit into a particular expectation or way of being – to describe the external and internal pressures that women face in the physical, mental, and social realms. Dr. Piran adopts an intersectional approach, including interviews from women and girls aged 9 to 70, and considers the intersections of race, gender, class, and more in developing this theory of embodiment.

Journeys of Embodiment at the Intersection of Body and Culture

  • Examines the construct of embodiment and its theoretical development
  • Explores the social experiences that shape girls throughout development
  • Recognizes the importance of the body and sexuality
  • Includes narratives by girls and young women on how they inhabit their bodies
  • Invites scholars and health professionals to critically reflect on the body journeys of diverse girls and women
  • Addresses the advancement of feminist, social critical and psychological theory, as well as implications to practice—both therapy and health promotion


The book is available now on ScienceDirect and the Elsevier Store. Save up to 30% when you order a print copy, enter STC317 at the checkout.

About the Author:

Dr. Piran is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, and professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Eating Disorders, Dr. Piran is internationally recognized for her work on body image development and the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including, in 2009, the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the AWP. Dr. Piran has authored more than 100 scientific publications, three books, and frequently presents her research at conferences and forums across the globe.

AWP is a diverse and feminist community of psychologists and allied professionals invested in the integration of personal, professional and political power in the service of social justice. They offer a number of awards each year to recognize the best new publications as well as exemplary service by their members.


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