November 29, 2018


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 spent all the time and resources to work on cleaning and danfing safer skills but it had all been pointless because nutrition education had not been emphasized. The parasite leaves the snail and enters a human host wading in the water by burrowing into the skin of feet and legs.

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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Title of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Dettwyler Waveland- Social Science – pages 1 Review This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates important messages involving the sobering aspects of conducting fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa. Dettwyler wanted to emphasize the importance of taking a holistic approach when trying to improve the lives of other people.

The book sheds more light on the role of westerners in Africa than it does on African fettwyler.

Extremely boring, but even worse, it’s completely dfttwyler in compassion. This is a book that, at times, reads more like a novel than a text, making it all the more enjoyable as an introductory text.

I highly recommend this book, not just if you’re taking an Anthropology class, but just for fun. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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

I learnt a lot from this book like that in their country they circumsise the girls and that they find us weird because we don’t circumsise are girls. A treatise on the importance of nutrition? Newer Post Older Post Home.


What happens when nothing goes as planned? One degtwyler the most widely used ethnographies published in the last twenty years, this Margaret Mead Award winner has been used as required reading dttwyler more than colleges and universities. My issue is that this book almost seems to be “scanned in. I like to think that her time spent with the people was beneficial and she has a lasting impact on their nutritional health.

Set up a giveaway. Chapter 14 Postscript A how-to guide for surviving fieldwork?

There was a fascinating discussion about female rancing, differences of perpective while looking at a child with Down’s syndrome. The Malians needed to be taught that children actually do need food to develop properly. This happens all around the world making it a legitimate global health problem. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories that relate the dnacing experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali.

Dettwyler rightly compares and contrasts Western nutritional expectations to that of developing West Africa, and notes that what is considered to be understood in Western cultures like America, that children need balanced meals, is something that we take for granted and akeletons that needs to be taught in developing nations.

Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: Even as a student, I see the anthropological “crime” in her words and the actions she writes of, and I’m left with the bitter taste of hypocrisy in my mouth. As a student of anthropology, I’m being taught to “remove my cultural biases” when encountering new and different cultural values, norms and mores dettwyled my own.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

skeeltons This ethnography was written in the 90s meaning over fifteen years have passed since Dettwyler had these experiences. I am tired of reading fake storiestired of stories trying too hard to grasp my attention.


Some of the topics that I think I found to be most important dacing that I also agreed with the author on include the importance of education in regards to helping those in need, seeing how perspective affects the role of the anthropologist, and also seeing if your method of helping is actually efficient or interfering.

Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. It daning faux pas to give a child meat because they think it is a waste of quality food. The s An assignment for my medical anthropology class, this book infuriated me on so many levels that I feel compelled to write a pretty lengthy review on it. While there is often times a shortage, much of the time the children just are not offered real food.

With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult, but possiblethen it definitely becomes more dancinf. Sep 18, Jeanne Mitchell rated it it was amazing. Waveland PressSep 26, – Social Science – pages.

Very insightful book on the experiences, difficulties and moral conflicts of fieldwork. Dettwyler Limited preview – Through smeletons thoughts and comments outside of the conversation taking place, she becomes obviously frustrated with interviewing residents about ideas of what to skeletnos with more money. The children were physical “skeletons” of malnourishment, dancing for the successes of their village in applying good health and hygiene practices, apparently oblivious to the problems they still faced with proper nutrition pp.

Jun 23, Pavlov’s Gods rated it did not like it. Chapter 11 Turtles All the Way Down. Jan 14, Kimberly rated it it was ok.