You Are Your Data: Self-Tracking Practices and Concepts of Data

Deborah Lupton

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In this chapter I examine the concepts and uses of data as they are expressed in representations of self-tracking (otherwise known as life logging, the quantified self or personal informatics).Self-tracking is not only a technology of the self, but it is also a data practice. Self-tracking may be further conceptualised as a data practice that produces data assemblages. Most recently and noticeably, detailed quantifiable data has become valorised above other forms of information about one’s life, health and wellbeing. I will discuss the valorisation of quantification as a self-tracking data practice, but I also go on to examine alternative data practices with which some people are experimenting as part of self-tracking strategies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLifelogging
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Self-Tracking and Lifelogging - between Disruptive Technology and Cultural Transformation
EditorsStefan Selke
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783658131371
ISBN (Print)9783658131364
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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