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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Dettwyler Limited preview – A how-to guide for surviving fieldwork? Books by Katherine A. Only 1 left in stock – order soon. Her daughter Miranda who was breastfed until she was 4 years of age completed her Master’s degree in gravitational physics at the Eancing of Texas at Brownsville in I love this book. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Only 2 left in stock – eettwyler soon. The stories are detailed, intimate, educationaland most of all riveting. I was recently reminded of this excellent read, now available in a new edition. For dsttwyler Katherine Dettwyler helped people in Mali by telling them how to eat right so that they wouldn’t suffer from malnutrition she also helped get vaccines to people who had diseases which she found in her fecal samples.

Through multiple different methods of information gathering, she is able to touch “Dancing Skeletons: Well written, humorus and real, easy to understand. Aside from the utterly rude and patronizing manner in which she describes her “subjects,” what I found most troubling was the blatant omission of any mention of the history of french colonialism within Mali as a possible contributing factor to malnourishment.


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Cultural Anthropology and Human Experience: There’s also a very tense, poignant chapter where she talks about how her daughter nearly died of drug-resistant malaria. I was especially interested by the reasons why certain cultures did genital mutilation since Actual rating: Read it for an skelerons to cultural anthro class. Waveland PressJul 24, – Social Science – pages. I Give You Rural Africa. I don’t normally read these types of books usually I just stick to fiction but I have to say that I deeply enjoyed reading this book.

Set up a giveaway. This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates not-soon-forgotten messages involving the sobering Life and Death in West Africa is a collection of her observations.

It truly takes a whole village to raise a child. 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? From refusing to eat traditional food deftwyler 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.

In the latter case—social services would take the child from the mother immediately. Is Dettwyler portraying these people’s words and the situations accurately as they happened? Initial results of her research on extended breastfeeding in the United States were published in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 47, Number 3, pp. Learn more about Amazon Prime. She did her study back in the eighties though; I wonder if the food situation in Mali, in terms of what’s available, has changed in the twenty years since.


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Dettwuler really enjoyed the narratives in this book. Nov 20, Anjuli rated it really liked it Recommended to Anjuli by: Showing of reviews. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Only 2 left in stock more on the way. Dettwyler’s idea about nutrition education seems very sensible.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Be prepared kahherine read about mentally disabled people getting yelled at and disabled kids getting mean nicknames. There are far better examples of ethnography from West Africa, please don’t waste your wkeletons with this unless a class requires it, in which case try to find an existing copy somewhere you won’t have to pay for. Biocultural Perspectives, which includes her own two chapters “Beauty and the Breast: Anyone Interested in Anthropology.

She believes her questions are structured when in fact they are quite the opposite. November 26, Sold by: