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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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Who are you swimming for?

Who are you swimming for?

(p.101) 5 Who are you swimming for?

Karen Throsby

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between marathon swimming and charitable fundraising. The chapter argues that the act of swimming for charity is a readily intelligible and sincerely intended means of constructing the good body/self, but that this simultaneously flattens out different forms of suffering and depoliticises social inequalities and ill-health. The celebration of the endurance sporting body and its reward through sponsorship over-emphasises individual accomplishment whilst understating the privilege that facilitates those status-bearing acts. The chapter argues that these elisions and exclusions are made possible by the inextricability of charitable swimming from the cultural logics of neoliberalism.

Keywords:   Charity, Philanthropy, Neoliberalism, Alliances of suffering, Responsibility, Entrepreneurial selfhood

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