Digital self-evaluation and the cybernetic regime: A sketch for a materialist apparatus analysis

Schaupp, Simon. (2017) Digital self-evaluation and the cybernetic regime: A sketch for a materialist apparatus analysis. TripleC: Cognition, Communication, Co-Operation , 15 (2). pp. 872-886.

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Building on an exemplary analysis of self-tracking applications, this paper develops a materialist approach to the methodology of apparatus analysis. It builds on the Foucauldian concept of the apparatus, which it then subdivides into a micro apparatus, as a concrete digital technology, and a macro apparatus, as the superordinate regime to which the micro apparatus contributes. To bridge these two concepts, the term “urgent need” is used to ask to which broader social problems a given apparatus reacts. Contrary to the approaches of “new mate-rialism”, this paper insists on an analytical divide between discourse and matter on the one hand and action structure on the other hand, in order to consider politico-economic power relations. Using this methodology, the relationship between the techno-practice of self-tracking and a broader cybernetic regime is illustrated.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialstrukturanalyse (Nachtwey)
UniBasel Contributors:Schaupp, Simon
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Unified Theory of Information Research Group
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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