Many researchers have studied people's everyday use of time. National and international agencies increasingly collect and analyze time-use data. Yet this perspective and its techniques remain a black box to most social science researchers and applied practitioners, and the potential of time-use data to expand explanation in the social sciences is not fully recognized by even most time-use researchers. Sociologist William Michelson's unique book places the study of time-use data in perspective, demystifies its collection and analytic options, and carefully examines the potential of time-use analysis for a wide range of benefits to the social sciences. These include the sampling of otherwise socially "hidden" groups, bridging the gap between qualitative and quantitative phenomena, gender studies, family dynamics, multitasking, social networks, built environments, and risk exposure.
"Social scientists are engaged in understanding how people live. In this valuable book William Michelson shows that the detailed study of how people spend their days should be a major tool in that enterprise. In addition to a lucid introduction to the method the book offers a fascinating illustration of its application in comparing the lives of women and men in our society." —Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2002
“William Michelson’s examination of time use data, its use and its explanatory power, provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the intricacies of these data as well as illuminating the potential power these data holds for explanation in the social sciences.”
—Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
Preface Acknowledgements 1. Time-Use: Strategic Value from a Ubiquitous Resource 2. Demystifying Time-Use Collection 3. Directions of Analysis and Their Implications 4. Studying "Hidden" Groups through Behavioral Sampling 5. Bridging the Gap between Qualitative and Quantitative: The Experience of Gender in Everyday Life 6. Patterning in Everyday Life: Episode Occurrences and Sequences 7. Patterns beneath the Surface: The Texture of Multitasking 8. Social Contact and Family Dynamics in Temporal Perspective 9. Behavioral Implications of Built Environments 10.Exposure to Risk