"Bad" Mothers: the impact of pregnancy & parenting mobile applications on motherhood

Author(s): Elise Racine

Type: Written pitch

Department: Department of International Development

Exhibit no: 31

LSE Life Prize Highly Commended

We need to be more critical of the mobile applications we interact with, particularly as some of them may not be as harmless as we think. Exploring the recent phenomenon of pregnancy and parenting apps, this research draws on biopolitics and Neo-Foucauldian theory to demonstrate how these applications are the latest technology aimed at politicizing, monitoring, and medicalizing sex, birth, and the family.

As such, they have the potential to significantly impact how women and motherhood are conceptualized within society. This analysis is imperative if we are to learn from these developments and address the associated challenges.