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

I was especially interested by the reasons why certain cultures did genital mutilation since the reasons varied even from one town to the next. Of Dancint and Other Parasites. Also in Bamako, innearly half of all children were infected with schstosomiasis Clerq et al and in rural Mali, zkeletons rate was as over half of the children between years of age in some areas Traore et al Sponsored products related to this item.

A work of fiction? If there are people dying anywhere it affects us. It was very insightful about the lives these Mali sieletons live. Jul 23, Kurt rated it it was amazing.

However, Dettwyler who is supposed to be a professional anthropologist expresses a shocking amount of ethnocentric views and seems to view herself as superior to the people she’s serving and studying. She allows herself to come across as unlikeable at times, as she vents her frustration upon learning that a village has prepared a special meal for her research team at an inconvenient time, but those moments are balanced with real empathy for the people with whom she works and bonds.

She did not go out and petition the government to make changes ; she just merely talked to the people. Posted skeletond Stacie Larsen at 9: But in Magnambougou there was an acceptance that some children die from malnutrition and this child would be one of them.

Dettwyler’s Dancing Skeletons is surely one of the best. I need to have the book read by class on Tuesday, so here I am straining my eyes and hoping for a quick read.

A passage about the unquestioning acceptance of an obviously syndromic child stuck out. 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.

Sep 18, Megan Green rated dehtwyler really liked it.

And it was Miranda’s brush with death having contracted malaria pp. Along with that, what place did she really have in telling these people how to live?

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

Dettwyler continued to survey her subjects and expanded her research by collecting stool samples of the natives. While I’ve picked it apart in classes, I really do enjoy it. Because they follow this method of thinking, many children do not get more than breast milk for a year or more, while dettwylre child actually needs more nutrients after six months.

While Dettwyler does indeed try to keep her emic and etic views separate while conversing with the persons she encounters, she constantly switches between the two. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Nov 20, Anjuli rated it really liked it Recommended to Anjuli by: Perhaps this is because Dancing Skeletons is a deeply human book; these are not merely tribal “others.

My feelings about It has been several years since Dettwylr read this non-fiction book, but it remains with me. Waveland PressSep 26, – Social Science – pages. This book is about the events, people and struggles that Katherine Dettwyler experienced during her trip to West Africa. The author did a very poor job of writing this book. But, you do the best you can to keep your eyes and your mind open to view practices in their own cultural context.

While she respected their way of life, she knew that she could help the children. There were many things that I enjoyed dettwy,er this book, but I especially liked Dettwyler’s stories of the different ways of looking at the world: Read reviews that mention dancing skeletons west africa anthropology class female circumcision read this book third world nutrition education katherine dettwyler conducting research waste your time malian people feeding practices daughter miranda poorly written malian culture highly recommend point of view good read ethnography katherine great book.