Commercialising Bodies: Action, Subjectivity and the New Corporate Health Ethic

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Abstract

This chapter proposes that companies are taking a new biopolitical interest in health which is leading to a convergence of work and health. When  digital self-tracking (DST) devices are used in corporate wellness (CW) programmes, they form a socio-technical assemblage which enables companies to improve health through encouraging higher levels of activity while increasing productivity. Economic interests and an incitement to health are merged with an ethical concern for the population and a drive to ‘do good’ as part of social responsibility. This dual concern with commerce and health improvement, enabled by the development of DST, is causing healthiness (and virtuousness) to become increasingly associated with ‘activity’, which becomes a general arbiter of moral value.

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Acknowledgements

All interview material used in this chapter was gained with informed consent and is used with permission.

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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityEnglandUK

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