Welcome to "Becoming a Channel swimmer"
My name is Karen Throsby and I am a sociology lecturer at the University of Warwick. This website is part of a two and half year ESRC-funded sociological research project, entitled "Becoming a Channel swimmer: identity and embodiment in an extreme sporting culture".
After two and a half fabulous years of fieldwork, reading, writing, and of course, lots of swimming, the funded period of the project has now come to an end, and I am concentrating on writing the research up in journals and as a book, currently titled, "Immersion".
I have also published a magazine highlighting the key findings of the research - you can download this by clicking on the image to the left, or you can e-mail me for a hard copy. In addition, there are lots of papers and podcasts, plus a library of blogs, videos and other resources on the website to browse through. Enjoy!
I'm delighted to announce that I've now signed a book contract with Manchester University Press. The book is called "Immersion", and will be published as part of MUP's "New Ethnographies" series. The final manuscript will be delivered to the publishers at the end of April 2015. Very excited to be working with MUP on this final stage of this project.
Please note that I have now moved to the University of Leeds, but this website will continue to be hosted by the University of Warwick.