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Immersion

Marathon swimming, embodiment and identity

By Karen Throsby

Immersion
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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0047-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: July 2016
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Sociology, Social & cultural anthropology, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

Reviews

'Throsby's own experiences ground the book and provide relatable entry points to her academic work. Throughout Immersion, which addresses all aspects of being a marathon swimmer from the initial becoming one to the politics of the bodies that ratify swims, Throsby seamlessly intersperses journal entries and field notes about her own swimming. It was during her unflinchingly honest self-assessment passages that I felt like I could have been reading my own swimming biography. Her lovely use of imagery and language in theses vignettes sucks the reader in with an anecdotal punch, from which she transitions to a more 30,000-foot view of the sport in general, contextualizing her powerful personal experiences.'
Elaine K. Howley, h2open Magazine

Contents

Introduction
PART I: Becoming and belonging
1 Becoming
2 Unexpected pleasures
3 Authentic swimming
4 Making it count
PART II: The good body
5 Who are you swimming for?
6 Gendering swimming
7 Heroic fatness
8 Failing bodies
Conclusion

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