Caring Dataveillance

Women’s Use of Apps to Monitor Pregnancy and Children

Authored by: Deborah Lupton

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-37

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Abstract

Informed by the findings of two projects involving interviews and focus group discussions with Australian women, this chapter examines young mothers’ use of apps to monitor pregnancy and their young children. The concept of dataveillance is combined with feminist new materialism scholarship in analysing these materials. Caring dataveillance can be experienced by women as a liberating practice, but it is undertaken in a broader context in which it is demanded of them as part of the norms of ‘good’ (watchful) motherhood and where their own emotional and physical needs may be neglected in the best interests of their infants.

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