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1st Edition

The Quantified Self in Precarity
Work, Technology and What Counts

ISBN 9781138674066
Published September 21, 2017 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by metrics?

The Quantified Self in Precarity highlights how, whether it be in insecure ‘gig’ work or office work, such digitalisation is not an inevitable process – nor is it one that necessarily improves working conditions. Indeed, through unique research and empirical data, Moore demonstrates how workplace quantification leads to high turnover rates, workplace rationalisation and worker stress and anxiety, with these issues linked to increased rates of subjective and objective precarity.

Scientific management asked us to be efficient. Now, we are asked to be agile. But what does this mean for the everyday lives we lead?

With a fresh perspective on how technology and the use of technology for management and self-management changes the ‘quantified’, precarious workplace today, The Quantified Self in Precarity will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Science and Technology, Organisation Management, Sociology and Politics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting to know the autonomic self

Chapter 2 Labour processes from Industrial Betterment to Agility: Mind, Body, Machine

Chapter 3 Precarity 4.0: A political economy of new materialism and the quantified worker

Chapter 4 Unseen labour and all-of-life surveillance

Chapter 5 Meet Some Self-Trackers

Chapter 6 Robot Army of Redressers?

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Phoebe V Moore is an Associate Professor in Political Economy and Technology at the University of Leicester, School of Business.