Biological and Sociocultural Perspectives on Time Use Studies

  • Ann Wilcock


In summary, this chapter has highlighted the need to be holistic in time use research, because the “temporal human” is so in response to multilevel influences of temporal factors, from biological rhythms that underlie activity, to time constructs imposed by political economies. For time use studies to be most useful in advising social, health, and political planning, they need to have depth and be contextualized and critical. Probably the most useful studies will be those that combine methodologies that bring different dimensions to the study of how and why people use time. The examples provided demonstrate how detailed time use diary or experience sampling data, supplemented by the rich information gleaned from in-depth interviews, could be integrated into a history of ideas that provides material about dimensions of human temporality. They also show how together such data can validate findings to inform in a holistic way and to provide a base for critical action.


Sociocultural Perspective Temporal Rhythm Interpretive Research Experience Sampling Methodologes Sociocultural Aspect 
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  • Ann Wilcock
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  1. 1.School of Occupational TherapyUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaide

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