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The re-mediating effects of bio-sensing in the context of parental touch practices

Leder Mackley, K; Jewitt, C; Price, S; (2020) The re-mediating effects of bio-sensing in the context of parental touch practices. Information, Communication & Society 10.1080/1369118x.2020.1791215. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article investigates the remediating effect of bio-sensing technology on touch practices in the context of parent-infant interaction. We examine how the entry of a biosensing technology into the social, sensory and technological ecology of family homes interacts with the ways in which parents and babies know each other and communicate through touch. The paper centres on an exploratory case study of the Owlet Smart Sock (OSS), a bio-sensing baby monitoring device. We bring the social critical and experiential lenses of multimodality and sensory ethnography to studying the OSS as a socio-technological probe across a range of research encounters, including focus groups, home visits and video re-enactments with parents. In doing so, we provide an account of the ways in which the technology affects how babies and parents’ bodies are (re)imagined, assessed, controlled, interrelated, experienced, and cared for and move beyond generic social debate around the quantified-objectified baby and fears of touch deprivation in contemporary digital culture.

Type: Article
Title: The re-mediating effects of bio-sensing in the context of parental touch practices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1369118x.2020.1791215
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1791215
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Digital technologies, touch, bio-sensing, multimodal communication, sensory ethnography
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106761
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