Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Karen Throsby

Associate Professor

My research explores the mundane, everyday processes and practices of bodily transformation, asking how those transformations are experienced and what this says about the wider social context. I have explored these questions across a range of contexts, including the new reproductive technologies, obesity surgery and most recently, extreme endurance swimming.

Research Interests

My research explores the mundane, everyday processes and practices of bodily transformation, asking how those transformations are experienced and what this says about the wider social context. I have explored these questions across a range of contexts, including the new reproductive technologies, obesity surgery and most recently, extreme endurance swimming.

I welcome press inquiries on the following issues: 

  • obesity
  • reproductive technology
  • marathon swimming

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the new level 3 module, Gender, Technologies and the Body, as well as the MA modules, Theorising Gender and Contested Bodies. I also contribute lectures to modules at all levels on issues of health, gender, ethnography, class and stigma, as well as supervising level 3 and MA dissertations on topics related to gender, technology and the body. 

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD students who are interested in working in the following broad areas:

  • Gender
  • Technology
  • The body
  • Sport
  • Reproductive Technology
  • Critical obesity studies

Key Publications

Books

  • Throsby K, When IVF Fails: Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Journal articles

  • Throsby K, ‘You can’t be too vain to gain if you want to swim the Channel’: Marathon swimming and the construction of heroic fatness’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50.7 (2015), 769-784
    DOI: 10.1177/1012690213494080, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89568/

  • Throsby K, ‘If I go in a cranky sea lion, I come out like a smiling dolphin: marathon swimming and the unexpected pleasures of being a body in water’, Feminist Review, 103 (2013), 5-22
    DOI: 10.1057/fr.2012.23

  • Throsby K, ‘Obesity surgery and the management of excess: exploring the body multiple’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 34.1 (2012), 1-15
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01358.x

  • Throsby K, ‘Happy re-birthday: weight loss surgery and the 'new me’, Body & Society, 14.1 (2008), 117-133

Chapters

  • Throsby K, ‘Unlikely becomings: Passion, swimming and learning to love the sea’, in Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea: Embodied Narratives and Fluid Geographies, ed. by Brown M and Humberstone B (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 155-172
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89567/

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