Healthism@Home: Digital Self-Tracking and Embodied Aging

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:45
Oral Presentation
Barbara MARSHALL, Trent University, Canada
In this paper, I consider the ways that embodied aging may be produced through digital self-tracking technologies, interrogating the underlying rationalities and alignment with neoliberal demands for self-care. While research in the biomedical and exercise sciences focuses on how self-tracking devices can enhance interventions aimed at behavior modification with older adults, I draw on interviews with older users to argue that we need to attend more carefully to how the data produced by self-tracking circulates through the networks of technologies, relationships and regimes of expertise that are embedded in everyday social worlds.