Becoming a Channel Swimmer
Welcome to "Becoming a Channel swimmer"
My name is Karen Throsby and I am a sociology lecturer at the University of Warwick. This website is part of a two and half year ESRC-funded sociological research project, entitled "Becoming a Channel swimmer: identity and embodiment in an extreme sporting culture".
After two and a half fabulous years of fieldwork, reading, writing, and of course, lots of swimming, the funded period of the project has now come to an end, and I am concentrating on writing the research up in journals and as a book, currently titled, "Immersion".
I have also published a magazine highlighting the key findings of the research - you can download this by clicking on the image to the left, or you can e-mail me for a hard copy. In addition, there are lots of papers and podcasts, plus a library of blogs, videos and other resources on the website to browse through. Enjoy!
First journal publication from the project out today.
"If I go in a cranky sea lion, I come out a smiling dolphin": marathon swimming and the unexpected pleasures of being a body in water. Feminist Review 103: 5-22