With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and. Dancing Skeletons has ratings and 73 reviews. This book is about the events, people and struggles that Katherine Dettwyler experienced during her trip . Dancing Skeletons. Life and Death in West Africa, 20th Anniversary Edition. Katherine A. Dettwyler. One of the most widely used ethnographies published in the.

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Katherine A. Dettwyler (Author of Dancing Skeletons)

The author spent several years in the West African nation of Mali, researching malnutrition in infants and toddlers. In March ofthe moved to Cork, Ireland. It was very insightful about the lives these Mali people live.

Biological Versus Cultural Perspectives”. While I’ve picked it apart in classes, I really do enjoy it. Only 2 left in stock – order soon. But I learned a lot a lot from reading it.

Avoid this reaction at all costs and you will find the text much more enlightening. Jan 10, Kate rated it did not like it Shelves: I understand, by nature, it’s impossible to truly be an objective observer, but this took that to one extreme.

The fact that Dettwyler, a trained, educated, practicing and teaching anthropologist, has written a book in which she freely writes her negative views and opinions skeletonss the Malian people – some of them so ethnocentric, it’s astounding – and doesn’t apologize for her inability to separate her beliefs from her profession shocks and appalls me.


So, I am left wondering Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. There was a fascinating discussion about female circumcision, differences of perpective while looking at a child with Down’s syndrome. I had to read it for my Biology college class. Read more Read less.

Want to Read saving…. Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid descriptions, 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, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the dangers of fieldwork, and facing emotionally draining realities.

At 20 months, Henry is a healthy and happy breastfed toddler. Very personal and subjective account. English Choose a language for shopping. She is the author of Dancing Skeletons: If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult, but possiblethen it definitely becomes more interesting.

As an anthr I found this to be an amazing book and would recommend it. Dettwyler Snippet view – Initial results of her research on extended breastfeeding in the United States were published in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 47, Number 3, pp.

The detailed account of the relationships the author has with everyone from children and their parents to complete strangers in the street provides a very easy read while also giving the reader an excellent and in depth look at the everyday life of the people in this third world country.

Low to High Price: Mar 21, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It truly takes a katjerine village to dettwy,er a child. Customers who bought this item also bought.


Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography. Paperbackpages. From refusing to eat traditional food for fear of getting sick to emotional rants about African traditions, Dettwyler’s assumes the classic role of an outsider and communicates African culture as “backward.

Dettwyler Limited preview – There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Readers will alternately laugh and cry as they meet the authors friends and informants, follow her through a series of encounters with both peri-urban and rural Bambara culture, and struggle with her as she attempts to reconcile her very different roles as objective ethnographer, subjective friend, and mother in the field.

The author finds it necessary to elaborate on trivial comparisons, katjerine common-sense facts as though they were monumental epiphanies, and recount more personal details than scientific ones. Dettwyler somehow managed to make anthropology interesting to all–from those who can’t get enough of the subject to those who couldn’t care less.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. She glosses over some things that are not simply fact but shaped by history. This leads to higher rates of childhood disease and death.

Contents Chapter 1 Return to the Field. Once I thought I had it figured out, she’d changed personalities again.