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!
New podcast uploaded (25.4.14): Making It Count: Marathon Swimming and the Quantification of the Self
Update (10 March, 2014)
The website has been pretty quiet in the last year, mostly because I've been busy working away at Immersion, and also moved jobs in September 2013. I am now based at the University of Leeds, but this website will continue to be hosted by the University of Warwick. There will be more updates shortly, including a new podcast.
Please note that I have now moved to the University of Leeds, but this website will continue to be hosted by the University of Warwick.
k dot throsby at leeds dot ac dot uk
The Long Swim (my blog)