Self-Tracking

Empirical and Philosophical Investigations

Editors: Ajana, Btihaj (Ed.)

  • Grounds the discussion about self-tracking and self-measurement in empirical studies, an important contribution to the ongoing debate
  • Explores the cultural significance and implications of self-tracking practices and the Quantified Self culture
  • Contributes towards an enhanced and more critical understanding of the role of self-tracking technologies and practices in everyday life
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This book provides an empirical and philosophical investigation of self-tracking practices. In recent years, there has been an explosion of apps and devices that enable the data capturing and monitoring of everyday activities, behaviours and habits. Encouraged by movements such as the Quantified Self, a growing number of people are embracing this culture of quantification and tracking in the spirit of improving their health and wellbeing. 
The aim of this book is to enhance understanding of this fast-growing trend, bringing together scholars who are working at the forefront of the critical study of self-tracking practices. Each chapter provides a different conceptual lens through which one can examine these practices, while grounding the discussion in relevant empirical examples. 
From phenomenology to discourse analysis, from questions of identity, privacy and agency to issues of surveillance and tracking at the workplace, this edited collection takes on a wide, and yet focused, approach to the timely topic of self-tracking. It constitutes a useful companion for scholars, students and everyday users interested in the Quantified Self phenomenon.  

About the authors

Btihaj Ajana is Associate Professor and Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. Her academic work is interdisciplinary in nature, spanning areas of digital culture, media praxis, and biopolitics. She is the author of Governing through Biometrics: The Biopolitics of Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ajana, Btihaj

    Pages 1-10

  • Engagement and the Quantified Self: Uneventful Relationships with Ghostly Companions

    Ruffino, Paolo

    Pages 11-25

  • Apps as Companions: How Quantified Self Apps Become Our Audience and Our Companions

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 27-42

  • Human/Technology Associations in Self-Tracking Practices

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård (et al.)

    Pages 43-59

  • Social Media and Self-Tracking: Representing the ‘Health Self’

    Kent, Rachael

    Pages 61-76

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65379-2
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Hardcover $54.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65378-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self-Tracking
Book Subtitle
Empirical and Philosophical Investigations
Editors
  • Btihaj Ajana
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65379-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65379-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65378-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 155
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics