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Empirical and Philosophical Investigations

  • Btihaj Ajana

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Btihaj Ajana
    Pages 1-10
  3. Dorthe Brogård Kristensen, Carolin Prigge
    Pages 43-59
  4. Keith Spiller, Kirstie Ball, Arosha Bandara, Maureen Meadows, Ciaran McCormick, Bashar Nuseibeh et al.
    Pages 111-124
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 143-155

About this book


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 edi
ted 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.  


Digital media Digital lives Big data Health technologies Self-tracking quantification lifelogging gamification narratology postphenomenology health management connexionism

Editors and affiliations

  • Btihaj Ajana
    • 1
  1. 1.Digital HumanitiesKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

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). 

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