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ImmersionMarathon Swimming, Embodiment and Identity$
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Karen Throsby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099625

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099625.001.0001

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(p.27) 1 Becoming

Karen Throsby

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the embodied work of becoming a marathon swimmer, focusing on two iteratively related transformational processes: the acquisition of techniques of the body and the accompanying sensory transformations. The chapter argues that the marathon swimming identity is made not given, that the process of becoming is iterative and that social belonging within marathon swimming is the product not only of the specific techniques of marathon swimming but also adherence to local and social world values and practices.

Keywords:   Becoming, Embodiment, Techniques of the body, Body pedagogics, Belonging, Social worlds, Neoliberalism

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