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Description

With the advent of digital devices and software, self-tracking practices have gained new adherents and have spread into a wide array of social domains. The Quantified Self movement has emerged to promote 'self-knowledge through numbers'.

In this groundbreaking book Deborah Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary self-tracking and identifies the concepts of selfhood and human embodiment and the value of the data that underpin them.

The book incorporates discussion of the consolations and frustrations of self-tracking, as well as about the proliferating ways in which people's personal data are now used beyond their private rationales. Lupton outlines how the information that is generated through self-tracking is taken up and repurposed for commercial, governmental, managerial and research purposes. In the relationship between personal data practices and big data politics, the implications of self-tracking are becoming ever more crucial.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509500598
ISBN10
1509500596
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2016
Publication Dates US:
May 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2016


Format
224 x 145 mm
8.80 x 5.70 in
Pages
240 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509500604
ISBN10
150950060X
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2016
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2016



Format
216 x 140 mm
8.50 x 5.50 in
Pages
240 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509500635
ISBN10
1509500634
Publication Dates ROW:
Sep 2016
Publication Dates US:
Sep 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Sep 2016


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
240 pages

* Exam copies only available to lecturers for whom the book may be suitable as a course text.
Please note: Sales representation and distribution for Polity titles is provided by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

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Reviews

"The Quantified Self offers an excellent overview of the breadth and depth of issues related to self-tracking cultures. It is not only a useful resource for scholars and practitioners focusing on the value of quantified data with regard to health and bodily practices, but also an invitation to use self-tracking research in new kinds of political initiatives. Ultimately self-tracking is defined as a means of communicating and challenging dominant interests and aims."
Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki

"Lupton's book is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it to researchers and practitioners who wish to gain a comprehensive account of self-tracking practices. Along with the commonly discussed topics of motivation and data representations, Lupton sheds light onto less explored topics, such as data-surveillance, while offering various theoretical foundations to support her arguments. Her writing is both visionary and provocative, and the book is a must read for researchers and practitioners of the Quantified Self movement."
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Director, Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 ‘Know Thyself’: Self-tracking Practices and Technologies
2 ‘New Hybrid Beings’: Theoretical Perspectives
3 ‘An Optimal Human Being’: the Body and Self in Self-Tracking Cultures
4 ‘You are Your Data’: Personal Data Meanings, Practices and Materialisations
5 ‘Data’s Capacity for Betrayal’: Personal Data Politics
Conclusion
References
Index

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Author Information

Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra

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