This reflexion focuses on the connection between anthropological fieldwork, quantification and theory - arguing that anthropologists should not content themselves with locally valid explanations, but should contribute to general theories. The paper originated as part of the "round table discussion" at the Workshop on the Anthropological Demography of Europe, held in September 2005.
Fieldwork and other methods
Before getting on to the substance of these remarks, perhaps I should provide a little background information to explain the perspective from which they originate. I am both an anthropologist and a statistician (rather an unusual combination!) but I …