Local Studies Manual: A researcher's guide for investigating the social metabolism of rural systems

Title
Local Studies Manual: A researcher's guide for investigating the social metabolism of rural systems
Author(s)
Simron J Singh
Lisa Ringhofer
Willi Haas
Fridolin Krausmann
Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Year
2010
Source
Institute of Social Ecology
Abstract
1. Introduction: The pur pose of the manual........................................................... 2 2. The conceptual a nd methodological base ......................................................... 4 2.1. Sociometabolic regi mes and trans itions ........................................................... 4 2.2. Linking social metabolis m with functional time use .......................................... 5 2.3. Scale in teractions............................................................................................. 7 3. Describing rural soci ometabolic systems.......................................................... 9 3.1. The choice of an appr opriate unit of analysi s................................................... 9 3.2. Defining the system boundary of the focal so cial system................................. 9 3.3. Functional (econo mic) territ ory....................................................................... 11 3.4. Human P opulation .......................................................................................... 13 3.5. Life time /Labour ti me...................................................................................... 14 3.6. Other biophy sical st ocks ................................................................................ 16 4. Methodological guidelines by empirical domains ........................................... 18 4.1 Introduct ion ..................................................................................................... 18 4.2 Establishing contact ........................................................................................ 19 4.3 Human Population (s tocks and fl ows) ............................................................. 21 4.4 Human time use (flows ) ................................................................................. 22 4.5 Functional territory (stocks by land use ca tegories) ........................................ 25 4.6 Livestock (stock) ............................................................................................. 28 4.7 Artefa cts.......................................................................................................... 29 4.8 Material and E nergy Flow s.............................................................................. 30 4.8.1. Material flows........................................................................................... 30 4.8.2 Energy flows (i ncl. electr icity) ................................................................... 39 5. Functional interrelations and headline i ndicators ........................................... 40 5.1 Basic system description and system interre lations ........................................ 40 5.2 Societies’ stocks (inclu ding infrastruc ture) ...................................................... 41 5.3 The Material Use Syst em................................................................................ 42 5.4 The Energy System......................................................................................... 44 5.5 The Food System............................................................................................ 45 5.6 Time Us e Syst em............................................................................................ 47 6. Post Script ........................................................................................................... 48 Referenc es .............................................................................................................. 49 Appendix 1: Abstracts of selected public ations ..................................................... 53 Appendix 2: Prints of exce l templates (b lank) ....................................................... 56 Appendix 3: Exemplary exce l templates (filled) ..................................................... 66

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