Extracting More Knowledge from Time Diaries?
2014 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 119, no 3, 1517-1534 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Time-use diary data convey information about the activities an individual wasengaged in, when and for how long, and the order of these activities throughout the day.The data are usually analyzed by summarizing the time used per activity category. Theaggregates are then used to determine the mean time use of a mean individual on anaverage day. However, this approach discards information about the duration of activities,the order in which they are undertaken, and the time of day each activity is carried out.This paper outlines an alternative approach grounded in the time-geographic theoreticalframework, which takes the duration, order, and timing of activities into consideration andthus yields new knowledge. The two approaches to analyzing diary data are comparedusing a simple empirical example of gender differences in time use for paid work. Thefocus is on the effects of methodological differences rather than on the empirical outcomes.The argument is made that using an approach that takes the sequence of activities intoaccount deepens our understanding of how people organize their daily activities in thecontext of a whole day at an aggregate level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2014. Vol. 119, no 3, 1517-1534 p.
Time-geography, Time-use, Methodology, Daily life, Sequence analysis
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104192DOI: 10.1007/s11205-013-0558-6ISI: 000344611600020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104192DiVA: diva2:698573