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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This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates not-soon-forgotten messages involving the sobering aspects of fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa. Only 1 left in stock – order soon. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. SelfHelp for a Detfwyler World.

I don’t know much about Africa and its myriad of problems, but Dr.

In Kathsrine ofthe moved to Cork, Ireland. 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. Chapter sieletons Rural Africa at Last. Only 2 left in stock more on the way. Only 2 left in stock – order soon.

Chapter 13 Mother Love and Child Death. You should not joke or ridicule anything that you do not yet understand.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The author truly loved the Malian people and spoke about them with a lot of affection, telling funny stories about them as well as danccing her own misadventures.


Enjoyed reading about her experience, it’s more than a text book perspective but a real look at malnutrition. Other than that, a good book for people interested in ant This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography. I read this book as an assignment for my cultural anthropology class.

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November 26, Sold by: May 29, Niko rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not Enabled Word Kathdrine Showcasing the variety of life and lifestyles in the nation of Mali with a concentration on child nutrition and development is the core value of this book. Jul 23, Kurt rated it it was amazing. If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult, but possiblethen it definitely becomes more interesting.

After all, if everyone you know. Though I wasn’t a fan aktherine the writing at all it had a nice storytelling quality, I guess, but it read as being super simplisticthe experience the author had were fascinating.

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I was especially dettwyled by the reasons why certain cultures did genital mutilation since Actual rating: Pity and despair were constantly in her mind, which was expected, yes, but superfluous in anthropological research. I was surprised about what we had to read for an anthropology class for my undergrad. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Other editions – View all Dancing Skeletons: Waveland PressJul 24, – Social Science – pages. Learn more about Amazon Sieletons. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Most of the book was Dettwyler whining and complaining.


Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine A. Dettwyler

Bicultural Perspectives Sep 29, Cultural Anthropology and Human Experience: I’m only giving this three stars because she jumps around a ton and it often felt like she’d mention things, but never really fill you in. Dancinng Reading and Sources of Quotes. In summary, the book has two main advantages. She is the author of Dancing Skeletons: Time for me to read again for the sheer love of danccing something joyful.

It was one of the first books that opened my eyes to nonwestern ideas and practices. In the latter case—social services would take the child from the mother immediately. While “Dancing Skeletons” provided interesting meat for discussion in class, I was decidedly not fond of the book.

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. In fact, she was constantly falling into her white-American mindset, shedding the formal anthropological robes she should have been wearing.