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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Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

All of the work to make the village cleaner was pointless if the people were going to die anyways of malnutrition. She was weak in that she often let her opinions get the best of her and lead her on tangents that detracted from the actual point she was trying to make.

This book gave me a lot to think about. I also like how up front she was about the emotional and ethical conflicts she faced in the field. 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. Miranda and Mark Douglas Hannam, Ph.

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

Dettwyler complains a lot. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Dettwyler book reads more as a diary than an anthropological exploration of a people, and not an interesting diary at all. Certainly worth a read. Evans-Pritchard Embassy explained eyes face Falaye Fat Lady feet Freedom from Hunger French friends Fulani girl goat goiter greetings hand head Heather husband infant inside intestinal parasites Kafoune karite kids knew kwashiorkor legs live look Macan Macina Magnambougou malaria Mali Malian malnourished malnutrition measles measuring medicine millet Miranda morning Dettwyelr N’tenkoni never night nutrition education parasites pounding pregnant rice river rural sauce sleeping someone speak Bambara Steven Tamasheq Thiero Timbuktu took toubabs traditional tree trip trying turned urine village walked wanted West Africa woman women wooden young.


How can I get this book free??? While she respected their way of life, she knew that she could help the children. Of Mosquitoes and Men.

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Lists with This Book. May 20, Christiane rated it liked it Shelves: Posted by CFeagans at 9: While the town was cleaned up it did not even matter because the people and children were still sick drttwyler malnutrition. Malaria, for example, can even be drug-resistant. The author never launches into abstract theories or generalizations, but lets the informants speak for themselves.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This ruined the impact of some of her statements.

Clearly the author is upset about the health of the children and rightly so. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Chapter 5 The Grande Marche. My feelings about It has been several years since I read this non-fiction book, but it remains with me.

I really enjoyed the narratives in this book. This leads to higher rates of childhood disease and death.

She is the author of Dancing Skeletons: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Most of these experiences are from the perspective of an outside observer; some are of one who has an empathic interest in the people she considers friends; but at least one brings home a parent’s worst fear: The latter 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 strong enough to fight the infections.


This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography. Be prepared to read about mentally disabled people getting yelled at and disabled kids getting mean nicknames. A combination memoir and anthropological study. Contents Return to the Field. Other than that, a good book for people interested in anthropology, nutrition, and travel.

Sep 25, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Overall, an interesting text. I am tired of reading fake storiestired of stories trying too hard to grasp my attention.

The woman’s response is to ask for medicine in spite of Dettwyler’s insistence that food is the cure p. Sep 18, Megan Green rated it really liked it. Return to the Field. The text emerges as an extended meditation on applied fieldwork as a gradual dancinf of people and meaning.