With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and. Dancing Skeletons has ratings and 73 reviews. This book is about the events, people and struggles that Katherine Dettwyler experienced during her trip . Dancing Skeletons. Life and Death in West Africa, 20th Anniversary Edition. Katherine A. Dettwyler. One of the most widely used ethnographies published in the.

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I was especially interested by the reasons why certain cultures did genital mutilation since Actual rating: Feb 05, Kate I. Trivia About Dancing Skeletons Selected pages Title Page. It truly takes a whole village to raise a child. Life and Death in West Africa is a collection of her observations.

One of the most widely used ethnographies published in the last twenty years, this Margaret Mead Award winner has been used as required reading at more than colleges and universities. Feb 14, Bri rated it liked it.

Or, is she shaping the conversations in a way that suits the point she is trying to make or to dettqyler the story just a bit? Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Selected pages Page 5. Informative and exciting to read. Chapter 2 Of Mosquitoes and Men. Dancing Skeletons offers a fascinating peek into one anthropologist’s extensive work in West Africa.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I found this to be an amazing book and would recommend it. I’m not majoring in it; this is my only class I will be taking.


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With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories from the field that relate the authors experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali. This is a great introduction to anthropology and ethnography.

Over all I found the book to be skelefons very good story and just opening the eyes of the readers about what is really going on with the children in West Africa. Account Options Sign in.

Katherine A. Dettwyler (Author of Dancing Skeletons)

She is the author of many other scholarly articles. 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. This is called cultural relativism, and as a student, I am taking this to heart.

I am not a professional anthropologist in any way, so I can’t comment on her methods or observations, but as someone who enjoys readings memoirs, I loved this book. Not Enabled Word Wise: Dettwyler complains a lot. Mar dacning, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 10, Jenna rated it did not like it.

Kathy has three children. Dancinh book was written from the perspective of the author and her personal accounts of what she saw, felt and understood about the culture.

The author did a very poor job of writing this book. She glosses over some things that are not simply fact but shaped by history. As someone who used to make a living writing professionally, I am dismayed and disappointed at several cardinal 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.


You either love it or hate it, either agree with the author or totally disagree with her. However, upon finishing the book, I was sorely disappointed and repeatedly flipped the book over to reread the synopsis and practical praise for the book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She mixes the right amount of information about Bambara culture and the frustrations, joys, and ethical issues in doing ethnography.

Thought provoking book from an anthropologist view point. Of Worms and Other Parasites. With plenty of emotional drama tied into it, whether it be Kathy’s own personal struggles or those of the dethwyler she is conducting research on gives this book a sense of intimacy that is lacking in normal ethnography’s which only aim to present facts of the research in a boring manner that leaves the reader disliking anthropological studies.

None will go away gushing over the dancin of fieldwork; yet, many will be attracted to the humanity of the applied research process. Other stories are heartrending.

The author and her daughter are clearly the skeleons important people in the universe, according to what I got out of the book. Chapter 5 The Grande Marche.