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dc.contributor.authorBracho-Perez, Biancaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-05T15:08:49Z
dc.date.available2016-05-05T15:08:49Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/16199
dc.description.abstractSmartphone technology has transformed the process by which women understand themselves, manage their care decisions and access health information, while also creating a space for more integrated and individualized understandings of wellness. Using exploratory, semi-structured interviews (n = 27) and observation of phone use, this study examines how minority women in Boston engage with smartphones through health-related mobile applications and web searches. Drawing upon postphenomenology, I examine the way smartphones have become both a regulatory force and motivational tool in the formation of self. I argue that the integration of smartphones into user identity positions them as the primary entryway for health decision-making (Garro, 1986, 1998) and patient-clinician interactions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectHealth care managementen_US
dc.subjectApparatgeisten_US
dc.subjectDecision-makingen_US
dc.subjectMedical anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectmHealthen_US
dc.subjectPostphenomenologyen_US
dc.subjectSmartphonesen_US
dc.titleCellf-care: the role of smartphones in decision-making and the formation of health and selfen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2016-04-08T20:17:52Z
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineMedical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practiceen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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