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 contributing to undergraduate teaching on Sociology of Health and Illness and Sexuality, Subcultures and Stigma. At MA level, I am contributing to Theorizing Gender and Contested Bodies. I also supervise undergraduate and MA dissertations, as well as supervising PhD students.

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

Book

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

Articles

Throsby, K. (2008). "Happy Re-birthday: weight loss surgery and the 'new me'." Body & Society 14(1): 117-133.

Throsby, K. (2012). "Obesity surgery and the managment of excess: exploring the body multiple." Sociology of Health and Ilness 34(1): 1-15.

Throsby, K. (2013). "“If I go in like 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: 5-22.

Throsby, K. (2013). ""You can't be too vain to gain if you want to swim the Channel": marathon swimming and the construction of heroic fatness." International Reivew for the Sociology of Sport. (early online publication: 5 July, 2013)

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