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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With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories that relate akeletons author’s experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

May 05, Aima Syed rated it liked it Shelves: Customers who bought this item also bought. In the latter case—social services would take the child from the mother immediately. Chapter 6 Rural Africa at Last. Feb 14, Bri rated it liked it. In skkeletons classes we also discussed how inadequate nutrient uptake can cause malnutrition and be very harmful.

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

Skeetons opened my eyes to the poverty, sickness, and death these people have to deal with. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Enter your search terms Submit search form. I know it’s not, but I’ll get to why I ask that later. During her research, Dettwyler along with measuring and educating children, also took fecal samples of children to see how different pathogens effected human development.

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Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

Open Preview See a Problem? May 06, 8: She also argued that by focusing on the nutritional needs, immune systems would be boosted which in turn would help the people have a better chance detfwyler counteracting diseases like Malaria. Nov 20, Anjuli rated it really liked skeletoms Recommended to Anjuli by: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. 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.


They spent all the time and resources to work on cleaning and developing safer skills but it had all been pointless because nutrition education had not been emphasized. Mar 21, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: Does she take her memories and impressions from the conversation and transcribe them into conversations? Dettwyler stayed in Mali for six months and in that time I feel that she made an improvement on the people.

Dancing Skeletons, an ethnography. Jan 19, Skyler Myers rated it did not like it Recommends it for: But I learned a lot a lot from reading it. The Exaggeration of the Ant For instance, Dettwyler offers an anecdote of a dwttwyler she shares with a Malian coworker who criticizes her insistence that Miranda eat some chicken rather than less nutritious millet as the other Dogo children ate:.

In fact, she was constantly falling into her white-American mindset, shedding the formal anthropological robes she should have been wearing.

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

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. Her reflexivity made me like her more. Like all anthropologist, Dettwyler originally set out to make a difference in the lives of people across the world, though more directly, the people of Magnambougou. Jan 31, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. Each of her accounts of trips in the back of a bache, the pickup trucks that serve as public transportation, xkeletons me to laugh aloud as she described the delight and surprise of the Malians that discovered her ability to speak the language, usually some time after they had been speaking about her pp.


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. Sep 23, Danving rated it really liked it.

Dec 09, Preistie rated it did not like it. This book is a must read for anyone interested in Anthropology, Africa, or simply a good book with educational value. This ethnography made many connections for me and made some of my previous studies more of a reality. In March ofthe moved to Cork, Ireland. The author finds it necessary to elaborate on trivial comparisons, state common-sense facts as though they were monumental epiphanies, and recount more personal skeletonz than scientific ones.

I loved to hear her stories some parts funny others sad. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The parasite leaves the snail and enters a human host wading in the water by burrowing into the skin of feet and legs.

The book is a collection of a nutritional anthropologist’s observations as she works in Mali, measuring people in a relatively urban community and in some smaller rural villages. Chapter 1 Return to the Field. Through multiple different methods of information gathering, she is able to touch the lives of people who suffer from disease and illness.