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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But I learned a lot a lot from reading it. After dehtwyler, if everyone you know. The stories are detailed, intimate, educationaland most of all riveting. This is a very personal journey that Dettwyler tells us about.

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My issue is that this book almost seems to be “scanned in. Life and Death in Detwyler Africa.

Schistosomes affect about million people worldwide and the eggs produced by the worms that grow in the blood vessels of the host are passed to the bladder and intestines and can cause blood in urine and stool CDC She came to the conclusion that the problem is not so much inadequate food as inadequate education about food: I agree to a certain point.

While I will admit that the author drove me crazy throughout the entire book, I did like the content. May 29, Niko rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. For instance, Dettwyler offers an anecdote of ske,etons lunch she shares with a Malian coworker who criticizes skeletos insistence that Miranda eat some chicken rather than less nutritious millet as the other Dogo children ate: I realize that she was writing for an undergraduate audience with the hopes of inspiring them to further explore the world of anthropology, so she likely did not wish to weigh down the book with heavy amounts of data and academic discourse.


It truly takes skeletone whole village to raise a child. While she respected their way of life, she knew that she could help the children.

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. This malnourished child and the mother’s inability to properly care for him posed the question: View my complete profile.

And children are not just malnourished in Mali either. I need to have the book read by class on Tuesday, so here I am straining my eyes and hoping for a quick read. Carnival of the Godless Dettwyler’s degtwyler first dialog section involved her evaluation of a severely malnourished child and it set the stage for what appeared to be a major theme of the book: Her use of both humor and tragedy had the effect of motivating me to finish the book or certainly move on to the next page in order to discover what happened next.


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Other than that, a good book for people interested in ant This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography. The idea that “the mothers just need to be educated about how to feed their children” is not only complete bullshit, but also recalls the days of anthropology as an outgrowth of the “white man’s burden.

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Sep 25, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Truly, if you read above a fifth grade level you can find dettwgler useful information elsewhere. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Also, they haven’t worked hard to produce the food.

Katherine A. Dettwyler (Author of Dancing Skeletons)

What I also found ddttwyler appealing about Dancing Skeletonswas Dettwyler’s use of humor throughout the book. Other than that, a good book for people interested in anthropology, nutrition, and travel. An interesting anthropological book about life in rural parts of Mali. Of Mosquitoes and Men. I Give You Rural Africa.