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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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They are medically ill. I used this book for a bookreport in my anthropology class and it was fantastic.

Katherine A. Dettwyler (Author of Dancing Skeletons)

I had to read it for my Biology college class. Thought provoking book from an anthropologist view point. I also learned that alot of kids in Mali die from malnutrition if they don’t die from diseases. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Carnival of the Godless 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. Or, is she shaping the conversations in a way that suits the point she is trying to make or to elevate the story just a bit?

Hot Cup of Joe: Book Review: Dancing Skeletons, an ethnography

Had to read for my cultural anthropology class. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Dettwyler’s literary style was refreshing in light of other ethnographies I’ve had the pleasure or even misfortune to read.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Would recommend to anyone interested in fieldwork! A work of fiction? This ethnography was written in the 90s meaning over fifteen years have passed since Dettwyler had these experiences.


Avoid this reaction at all costs and you will find the text much dancint enlightening. And it was Miranda’s brush with death having contracted malaria pp. But, you do the best you can to keep your eyes and your mind open to view practices in their own cultural context. For instance, Dettwyler offers an anecdote of a lunch she shares with a Malian coworker who criticizes her insistence that Miranda eat some chicken rather than less nutritious millet as the other Dogo children ate: She pointed out that there is no point in having good sanitation if the residents are not getting enough food to survive.

Though out her trip she talked to many mothers akeletons have lost so many of their children, and sees so many sick children.

Malaria, for example, can even be drug-resistant. Certainly worth a read. As a matter of fact they made what we in the US would call a tragedy into a sign of respect.

I call them characters because that is exactly what whole bits of dialogue written like this conjure up.

Mar 13, Cindy Martinez rated it really liked it. Books by Katherine A.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

The eettwyler endeavor could provide growing and developing children with the ability to avoid mortality from health problems like malaria and measles if their bodies were healthy and dzncing enough to fight the infections. Holloway, Monique and the Mango Rains: She wanted to study the malnutrition of the children and how they can improve.

About Me CFeagans I’m a fourth year anthropology student focusing on archaeology and about to start my graduate work.

Unknown October 1, at 6: This book gave me a lot to think about. Monday, October 23, Book Review: Please try again later. Other than that, a good book for people interested in ant This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography.


Dettwyler No preview available – The Malians needed to be taught that children actually do need food to develop properly. Admittedly, my review has nothing to do with the book itself – I’ll rectify that when I finish it. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. She came to the conclusion that the problem is not so much inadequate food as inadequate education about food: I was especially interested by the reasons why certain skeldtons did genital mutilation since the reasons varied even from one town to the next.

Further Reading and Sources of Quotes.

Not finding this later point, I initially felt a little let down —an expectation was unfulfilled. This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates important, detfwyler messages involving the more sobering aspects of conducting fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa.

The stories are detailed, intimate, educationaland most of all riveting. My issue is that this book almost seems to be “scanned in. That Dettwyler chose to bring skletons daughter, Miranda, to Africa with her struck me initially as somewhat negligent, given the conditions Dettwyler described and the inherent risks that both would face with potential health problems alone.

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