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Laboring bodies and the quantified self

Crawley, Michael (2022) 'Laboring bodies and the quantified self.', New Genetics and Society, 41 (1). pp. 66-68.


How has the laboring body become so central to regimes of quantification and measurement, and how has this played out in literary and cultural representations of the quantified self? Through tracing narratives of entanglement of data and selves that predate current discourses of self-quantification (often by decades), this collection of essays makes an extremely important contribution to our understanding of quantification, datafication and subject formation. The central tensions of the quantified self (QS) movement – that self-tracking can inhibit as much as it enlightens and provoke feelings of anxiety as much as a control – are thus shown to have a long, rich and wide-ranging history, traceable through self-help columns, graphic memoirs and novels as well as devices.

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Date deposited:18 February 2022
Date of first online publication:31 January 2022
Date first made open access:18 February 2022

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