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Immersion: Marathon Swimming, Embodiment and Identity

Karen Throsby


This book is about the extreme sport of marathon swimming. It provides insight into a social world about which very little is known, while simultaneously exploring the ways in which the social world of marathon swimming intersects and overlaps with other social worlds and configurations of power and identity. Drawing on extensive (auto) ethnographic data, Immersion explores the embodied and social processes of becoming a marathon swimming and investigates how social belonging is produced and policed. Using marathon swimming as a lens, this foundation provides a basis for an exploration of what ... More

Keywords: Marathon swimming, Identity, Embodiment, Immersion, Aquatic sociology, Health, Sport, Social worlds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099625
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Throsby, author
University of Leeds

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