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By Michael Fischer

As expanding numbers of social anthropologists use a working laptop or computer for wordprocessing, curiosity in different purposes necessarily follows, machine purposes in Social Anthropology covers study actions shared by means of all social anthropologists and introduces new tools for organizing and analyzing info. Lucidly written, and sympathetic to the actual wishes of social anthropologists, it is going to be of great worth to researchers and execs in anthropology, improvement stories and sociology

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Today most people think of this in terms of keyboards, which were adequate when most computers had terrible text-oriented user-interfaces and most data were purely textual descriptions. There are many other possibilities. One innovation which has won favour is the use of pointing devices, where you can work with data in the form of structural representations on screen. This has made programs such as wordprocessors almost trivial in operation. For some kinds of data direct structure reference with a pointing device greatly expands the possibilities of computer applications.

These come with a wide range of capabilities, some capable of displaying only text, others capable of reproducing photographic quality pictures. Other forms of output are audio, ranging from simple sounds to complex multivoice multi-channel reproductions, or synthesized audio. Another important form of output is to other computers, discussed in the connectivity section below. Portability Portability can be of considerable importance to anthropologists, since the portability of equipment can easily make the difference between being able to use a computer in the field or not.

These include my fieldnotes, a book draft, surveys on marriage choice, a socioeconomic survey, a household survey, medical records from a clinic, passive and active surveys for malaria, a domestic animal register, some digitized photographs and geographical information relating to households. These are interconnected in a number of ways. The fieldnotes and book draft can be searched by keyword.

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