Special Issue "Beyond Techno-Utopia: Critical Approaches to Digital Health Technologies"


A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Professor Deborah Lupton
News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, Bruce 2601, Australia
Website: http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts-design/communications-staff/media-and-public-affairs/lupton-deborah
E-Mail: Deborah.Lupton@canberra.edu.au
Interests: digital sociology; sociology of health and illness; the body; risk; critical studies of digital health; parenting cultures; obesity politics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital health technologies have received a high level of attention of late in the medical and public health literature and popular media. Much of this discussion takes an uncritical techno-utopian stance, representing these technologies as offering great potential for reducing healthcare costs and facilitating ‘patient engagement’ by encouraging lay people to take personal responsibility for their health and medical care and to participate in self-monitoring, self-care and self-tracking activities by ‘digitising’ themselves.

This Special Issue will be devoted to articles that take a more critical approach to analysing digital health technologies, drawing on social and cultural theoretical perspectives from such disciplines as sociology, anthropology, critical psychology, science and technology studies, cultural studies, cultural geography, social computing, media studies and communication. Papers are invited that address any type of digital health technology, including but not limited to telehealth, telemedicine, wearable computing, self-tracking practices (‘the quantified self’), health promotion using digital technologies, digital epidemiology and public health surveillance, digitised medical records, digitised personalised medicine and social media platforms for patients (such as PatientsLikeMe and Patient Opinion).

Professor Deborah Lupton
Guest Editor


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  • digital health
  • digital technologies
  • the body
  • health and illness
  • self-tracking
  • telemedicine
  • telehealth
  • digital epidemiology
  • public health surveillance
  • social media

Published Papers (6 papers)

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Societies 2014, 4(3), 399-413; doi:10.3390/soc4030399
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 28 July 2014
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Societies 2014, 4(2), 330-350; doi:10.3390/soc4020330
Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 5 June 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
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Societies 2014, 4(2), 316-329; doi:10.3390/soc4020316
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 2 June 2014 / Accepted: 9 June 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
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Societies 2014, 4(2), 296-315; doi:10.3390/soc4020296
Received: 22 April 2014; in revised form: 28 May 2014 / Accepted: 29 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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Societies 2014, 4(2), 256-264; doi:10.3390/soc4020256
Received: 2 April 2014; in revised form: 12 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
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Societies 2014, 4(1), 68-84; doi:10.3390/soc4010068
Received: 4 December 2013; in revised form: 14 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 18 February 2014
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Last update: 2 October 2013

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