- hochgeladen 26. Februar 2018
In human population genetics, so-called isolated populations (Finns, Basques,...) have recently attracted much attention. In particular, Roma have been studied in more than 150 studies by population geneticists under the premises that they are of Indian origin, and that they have been isolated ever since their arrival in Europe by endogamy.
The academic field of Science Studies allows for investigating how researchers (e.g. population geneticists) address their research object (e.g. isolated populations). However, for fully understanding the societal implications of said genetic studies, as well as for a comprehensive understanding of the populations, one needs to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, and employ both qualitative and quantitative methods. We argue that research teams studying isolated populations should likewise draw on a well-designed mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches, if they wish to avoid tautologies and other problematic impacts on their results.