Training to self-care: fitness tracking, biopedagogy and the healthy consumer

Aristea Fotopoulou, Kate O'Riordan

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In this article, we provide an account ofFitbit, a wearable sensor device, using two complementary analytical approaches: auto-ethnography and media analysis. Drawing on the concept of biopedagogy, which describes the processes of learning and training bodies how to live, we focus on how users learn to self-care with wearable technologies through a series of micropractices that involve processes of mediation and the sharing of their own data via social networking. Our discussion is oriented towards four areas of analysis: data subjectivity and sociality; making meaning; time and productivity and brand identity. We articulate how these micropractices of knowing one’s body regulate the contemporary ‘fit’ and healthy subject, and mediate expertise about health, behaviour and data subjectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-68
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Sociology Review on 02/06/2016, available online:


  • Biopedagogy
  • data subjectivity
  • digital health
  • fitbit
  • imaginaries
  • quantified self


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