1st Edition

Time Resources, Society and Ecology On the Capacity for Human Interaction in Space and Time

By Tommy Carlstein Copyright 1982
    460 Pages
    by Routledge

    460 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1982, Time Resources, Society and Ecology examines and seeks to examine the time dimension in terms of the ecology, technology, social organization and spatial structure of the human habitat. Approaches to time resources – sociological time-budget studies, anthropological activity analysis, and economic analysis of money allocation – have been limited by their sectoral scope or their failure to relate effectively to the processes of social interaction, technological change and environmental structure. In this book, the book’s articulation of time resources is developed in a general theoretical framework of action and interaction in time and space. The book examines constraints and possibilities facing preindustrial societies and throws light on the impact of technology on modern societies. Basic models of time allocation are presented, and, finally, a cross-cultural comparison is made of the mobilization of time resources in preindustrial societies. Geographers, social anthropologists and human ecologists should find this work directly relevant to their interest in understanding the interactions between man and environment.



    1. Ecotechnology, Carrying Capacity, and Time-Space Resources

    2. Life Paths and Living Possibility Boundaries: Elements of the Hägerstrand Time-Geographical Model

    3. Hunting-Gathering

    4. Nomadic Pastoralism

    5. Shifting Cultivation

    6. Short Fallow Cultivation: Reinterpreting the Structure of Local and Regional Intensification

    7. Irrigation Agriculture

    8. Time Allocation and the Carrying Capacity of a Population Time-Budget

    9. Time Resources in Preindustrial Societies





    Tommy Carlstein