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Laboring bodies and the quantified self

Crawley, Michael

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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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2022
Publication Date 2022-01
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 18, 2022
Journal New Genetics and Society
Print ISSN 1463-6778
Electronic ISSN 1469-9915
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 1
Pages 66-68


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