Time-geography: linking long and short time-perspectives

Authors: Kajsa Ellegård*, Linköping University
Topics: Social Geography, Behavioral Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: Time-geography, Time perspectives, Time horizon, Hägerstrand
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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One aim of the time-geographic approach is, according to Hägerstrand (1974) to make it possible to go from micro to macro level and back again without losing important information in the transitions. However, he did not write about how to handle shifts in time perspective. The time-geographic thinking is flexible when it comes to the length of the time perspective in focus, but the day perspective is the most common one. It is an important perspective but its dominance might hide the importance other, both longer and shorter, time horizons. The aim of this presentation is to put the use of different time perspectives in time-geography forward and discuss how they can enrich each other. Examples, based on research from different disciplines, which concern different aspects of life, will illustrate how various time perspectives are used in time-geographically inspired works (the life span (ex: people with suicidal attempts), 10-year (ex: people with severe psychosis diagnose), week (ex: physical activities among elderly men; work week among teachers), day (ex: peoples’ daily activities) and hour perspectives (ex: content of work tasks). The result is an effort to link, on principle grounds, time-geographic studies with different time perspectives to each other and discuss what such a combination can bring to the knowledge development about changing conditions for daily life.

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