New book: “Self-tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations”

October 2017



This new 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.

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