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Self-tracking of/and time: from technological to biographical and political temporalities of work and sitting

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posted on 2022-08-12, 11:28 authored by Paula SaukkoPaula Saukko, Amie Weedon
Self-tracking devices have been observed to accelerate time, be used sporadically and busyness being a barrier to use at work. Drawing on notion of multiple temporalities, this article expands the focus on temporalities of users’ engagement with technologies to analysing them within broader biographical, institutional and political times. The argument is grounded in interviews with UK public sector office workers self-tracking sitting time that featured the following three themes: (1) the participants related their sitting to deteriorated work conditions after government austerity politics and redundancies, (2) the pressurised rhythm of work made it difficult to reduce sitting time and fostered a sense of discontent and powerlessness and (3) the workers did not self-track in their free time, defined as free from monitoring. We suggest that the analytical lens of multiple temporalities expands understanding of user experiences as well as illuminates lived contemporary political and institutional times, characterised by both discontent and powerlessness.

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Loughborough University

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

New Media & Society

Volume

24

Issue

8

Pages

1813 - 1829

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2020-12-03

Publication date

2020-12-23

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Paula Saukko. Deposit date: 9 December 2020

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