26 Sep With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons “Q&A with the Author” in which Dettwyler responds to typical questions she has. Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and conducting research in Mali for decades, focusing on childhood nutrition. Dancing Skeletons: . 29 Apr Dancing skeletons: Life and death in West Africa. By Katherine A. Dettwyler. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland. pp.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid settwyler, Dettwyler explores such diverse topics as ethnocentrism, culture shock, population control, breastfeeding, child care, the meaning of disability and child death in different cultures, female circumcision, womens roles in patrilineal societies, the dangers of fieldwork, and the realities involved in researching dancnig draining topics.

With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories from the field that relate the authors experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali. It was an This book was on my reading list for the Cultural Anthropology course I took this past semester. A passage about the unquestioning acceptance of an obviously syndromic child stuck out.

Mali follows a patriarchal lifestyle that gives more value to men and adults in general. It reflects what I would like to think is anthropology at its best.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

She believes her questions are structured when in fact they are quite the opposite. Reinvent yourself and grow radical influence. Of Worms and Other Parasites. I know it’s not, but I’ll get to why I ask that later.


Biocultural Perspectives, which includes her own two chapters “Beauty and the Breast: The author finds it necessary to elaborate on trivial comparisons, state common-sense facts dabcing though they were monumental epiphanies, and recount more personal details than scientific ones. I agree to a certain point. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Dettwyler stormed out of the ceremony because she basically had an epiphany. I start to appreciate more my life, my birth, my being able to grow into an adult, Siting around in my cozy apartment, drinking my tea while reading book about people suffering.

Not saying I am better than them, or my life is better. Sep 18, Megan Green rated it really liked it.

While attending the University of Washington I have taken many prerequisite nursing classes. I have taken many classes that deal with the anatomy of humans. I am not a professional anthropologist in any way, so I can’t comment on her methods or observations, but as someone who enjoys readings memoirs, I loved this book.

Would recommend to anyone interested in fieldwork! By the way, ellipses should only be three dots not four.

I loved to hear her stories some parts funny others sad. This should improve the health of the community without compromising either side.

She lives in Delaware with her husband Steven, her sons Peter 22 and Alexander 16Truman the standard poodle, and four cats. Life and Death in West Africa Anthropology online.

And, that makes me wonder just how REAL her story is Sep 25, Jennifer rated it did not like dettwjler.

She began her process of educating the people on what the issue was, but they did not want to hear it. Though out her trip she talked to many mothers that have lost so many of their children, and sees so many sick children.


It was very insightful about the lives these Mali people live. I don’t know much about Africa and its myriad of problems, but Dr. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Waveland- Social Science – skwletons. Life and Death in West Africa is a I’m not majoring in it; this is my only class I will be taking.

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But I learned a lot a lot from reading it. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. As Dancig implies in her final paragraph of the book, Malian adults and their children continue to face life and death in a manner completely alien to me. Want to Read saving…. The very title of the book refers to the children that Dettwyler watched dance in celebration for their skkeletons, which met the goals of a CARE project management team pp. I love this book. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Sponsored products related to this item. In those classes we also discussed how inadequate nutrient uptake can cause malnutrition and be very harmful. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. You’ll laugh away the tears with this eye-opening account of living and working in China. She wanted to study the malnutrition of the children and how they can improve. Dancihg Dettwyler portraying these people’s words and the situations accurately as they happened?