Time Resources, Society and Ecology: On the Capacity for Human Interaction in Space and Time, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Time Resources, Society and Ecology

On the Capacity for Human Interaction in Space and Time, 1st Edition

By Tommy Carlstein


456 pages

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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.

Table of Contents



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




About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ecology

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology