Applications in Computing for Social Anthropologists

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Social Science - 233 pages
This examines the research activities covered by social anthropologists and introduces new methods for organizing and interpreting visual and aural data as well as possible applications of knowledge-based models.As increasing numbers of social anthropologists use a computer for wordprocessing, interest in other applications inevitably follows, Computer Applications in Social Anthropology covers research activities shared by all social anthropologists and introduces new methods for organizing and interpreting data. Lucidly written, and sympathetic to the particular needs of social anthropologists, it will be of immense value to researchers and professionals in anthropology, development studies and sociology
 

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Contents

Perspectives and resources
1
12 COMPUTERS AND QUALITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGICAL DATA
4
TOOL KITS
13
14 GENERAL FEATURES OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND PERIPHERALS
21
Applications for ethnographic data processing
26
22 COMPUTERAIDED PROCESSING OF ETHNOGRAPHIC DATA
27
23 DATABASE APPLICATIONS
31
24 QUANTITATIVE METHODS
43
52 GENERAL PURPOSE GRAPHICS TOOLS
113
53 USING COMPUTERBASED IMAGES AND VIDEO
119
54 WORKING WITH MAPS
124
55 HARDWARE
131
Kinship applications
135
62 DEFINING CONCEPTUAL REQUIREMENTS
137
63 MODELLING GENEALOGICAL LINKS BETWEEN PEOPLE
140
64 PREPARATION OF DATA FOR GENEALOGICAL PROCESSING
153

25 CDROM
57
26 DATA ARCHIVES
62
Fieldwork and ethnographic research In the field
64
32 COMPUTING ASPECTS OF WRITTEN DATA PRODUCED DURING FIELDWORK
68
33 OTHER TYPES OF DATA PRODUCED DURING FIELDWORK
80
34 ANCILLARY FIELD ACTIVITIES
85
Fieldnote and textual data
87
42 CAUTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT
90
43 COMPUTING RESOURCES FOR NOTES
91
44 SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTE ENTRY
96
45 CONVENTIONS FOR NOTE ENTRY AND CONSOLIDATION
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46 TOOLS FOR ACCESSING NOTES
102
Ethnographies Graphics tools for ethnography
112
Kinship programs
160
72 THE INPUT DATA MODEL
161
73 REPRESENTING THE ABSTRACT DATA MODEL
165
DRAWING KINSHIP DIAGRAMS
177
Computerbased simulation and modelling
184
82 EXPERT SYSTEMS AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
200
Appendix
212
Notes
213
Bibliography
215
Name index
224
Subject index
227
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