SI Interviews – Karen Throsby on autoethnography and swimming the channel

As part of her research into channel swimmers, Dr Karen Throsby recently swam the English channel herself and was kind enough to talk to the Sociological Imagination about it as the first in a new series of podcasts.

As Karen put it on her research Blog, ““I will just say that it was an extraordinary, brutal, intoxicating, frustrating, exciting, painful, exhilarating, exhausting day that I will never forget.”

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

Further reading

Loic Wacquant (2004) “Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprenctice Boxer” Oxford University Press (important for thinking about the project’s methodology)

Murakami, H (2008) “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir” London: Vintage (beautiful book about the embodied significance of endurance running)

Ortner, S (1999) “Life and Death on Mt. Everest: Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering” Princeton: Princeton University Press (fascinating look at the extreme mountaineering community and its social divisions)

Watson, K (2000) “The Crossing: the curious story of the first man to swim the English Channel” London: Headline

Mortimer, G (2008) “The Great Swim” London: Short Books (these last two are the biographies of the first male and female swims).


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