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Immersion : marathon swimming, embodiment and identity

Author: Karen Throsby
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
Series: New ethnographies
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Immersion is about the extreme sport of marathon swimming. Drawing on extensive (auto)ethnographic data, Immersion explores the embodied and social processes of becoming a marathon swimmer and investigates how social belonging is produced and policed. Using marathon swimming as a lens, this foundation provides the basis for an exploration of what constitutes the 'good' body in contemporary neoliberal society across  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Throsby
ISBN: 9780719099625 0719099625
OCLC Number: 953563744
Description: 216 s
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
Series Title: New ethnographies

Abstract:

Immersion is about the extreme sport of marathon swimming. Drawing on extensive (auto)ethnographic data, Immersion explores the embodied and social processes of becoming a marathon swimmer and investigates how social belonging is produced and policed. Using marathon swimming as a lens, this foundation provides the basis for an exploration of what constitutes the 'good' body in contemporary neoliberal society across a range of sites including charitable swimming, fatness, gender and health. The book argues that the self-representations of marathon swimming are at odds with its lived realities, and that this reflects the entrenched and limited discursive resources available for thinking about the sporting body in the wider social and cultural context

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'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 Read more...

 
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