With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid descriptions, Dettwyler explores. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons “Q&A with the Author” in which Dettwyler responds to typical questions she has. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and conducting.

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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 skeleyons, and facing emotionally draining realities.

It’s easy to read, entertaining, interesting. Had her research been published as just that dettwyler research — instead of a story, it would have been more easily to digest.

If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult, but possiblethen it definitely becomes more interesting. Advanced Search Find a Library.

Definitely interesting to read, and I felt like I learned a lot about Malian culture dancibg well. Life and Death in West Africa is a Avoid this reaction at all costs dtetwyler you will find the text much more enlightening. In the latter case—social services would take the child from the mother immediately. No current Talk conversations about this book. As an anthr I found this to be an amazing book and would recommend it. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 23.

Dancing skeletons : life and death in West Africa

Every anthropologist knows the idea of holism and how important it is to be aware of it in every aspect of life, regardless of personal biases in foreign territory. As someone who used to make a living writing professionally, I am dismayed and disappointed at several dehtwyler rules of writing being broken throughout the book, the most disturbing one being the use of whole dialogues between the author and several other characters in her book.


Not only about Malian culture, American culture, it even made me think a lot about my own culture. After all, if everyone you know.

My feelings about It has been several years since I read this non-fiction book, but it remains with me. Mali is a country with less-than-adequate medical facilities and education on the best practises for proper healthcare. I really was unimpressed. Other than that, a good book for people interested in anthropology, nutrition, and travel.

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

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I understand, by nature, it’s impossible to truly be an objective observer, but this took that to one extreme.

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. Laughing to make light of a situation is common, however, she made no comments in her book on actually understanding the practice, which ruffles my metaphorical feathers.

The fact that Dettwyler, a trained, educated, practicing and teaching anthropologist, has written a book in which she freely writes her negative views and opinions on the Malian people – some of them so ethnocentric, it’s astounding – and doesn’t apologize for her inability to separate her beliefs from her profession shocks and appalls me.


Nutritional anthropology — Mali — Case studies. I would have preferred more anthropological discussion and more insights from the women of Mali rather than those of the anthropologist herself.

Other editions – View all Dancing Skeletons: Subjects Children — Health and hygiene — Mali. Wikipedia in English 1 Kathy Dettwyler. Sep 18, Jeanne Mitchell rated it it was amazing. The schizophrenic nature of the writing left me shaking my head and throwing my hands up in frustration as I read further and further into it.

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But in Magnambougou there was an acceptance that some children die from malnutrition and this child would be one of them. You may send this item to up to five recipients. She interviews women about feeding practices, infant mortality rates, and reproductive autonomy. Malaria, for example, can even be drug-resistant. Return to Book Page.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

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Dettwyler’s idea about nutrition education seems very sensible. Biocultural Perspectives, which includes her own two chapters “Beauty and the Breast: