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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My issue is that this book almost seems to be “scanned in. While Dettwyler does indeed try to keep her emic and etic views separate while conversing with the persons she encounters, she constantly switches between the two.

Waveland PressJul 24, – Social Science – pages. I don’t normally read these types of books usually I just stick to fiction but I have to say that I deeply enjoyed reading this book. The conversations are written as if the author transcribed them word-for-word during their discourse, which is highly unlikely. Dettwyler was there doing a study of the people there related to children health in Mali.

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I start to appreciate more my life, my birth, my being able to grow into an adult, Siting around in my cozy apartment, drinking my tea while reading book about people suffering. Chapter 5 The Grande Marche.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. She mixes the right amount of information about Bambara culture and the frustrations, joys, and ethical issues in doing ethnography. I’m being taught to try and take a non-ethnocentric view on others.

Admittedly, my review has nothing to do with the book itself dettwgler I’ll rectify that when I finish it. Read for school, but enjoyed every minute of it.

If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult, but possiblethen it definitely becomes more interesting. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Two stars because of the excellent discussions that surrounded this book during class time.


Kayherine 29, Sophia rated it it was ok. A Four-Field Reader Sep 22, 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. And, that makes me wonder just how REAL her story is Rural Africa at Last. Life and Death in West Africa, and the co-editor of Breastfeeding: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Not only about Malian culture, American culture, it even made me think a lot about my own culture. Currently she teaches at the University of Delaware. She did her study back in the eighties though; I wonder if the food situation in Mali, in terms of what’s available, has changed detttwyler the twenty years since.

It has been several years since I read this non-fiction book, but it remains with me. I was surprised about what we had to read for an anthropology class for my undergrad.

Also, the writing style is enjoyable, humorous at times and empathetic to the skfletons it is describing. Published January 1st by Waveland Press first published July She is the author of many other scholarly articles. At 20 months, Henry is a healthy and happy breastfed toddler.

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Product details File Size: 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. Sophomoric and poorly written. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I had to skelerons it for my Biology college class.


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May 20, Christiane rated it liked it Shelves: She glosses over some things that are not simply fact but shaped sleletons history. With plenty of emotional drama tied into it, whether it be Kathy’s own personal struggles or those of the people 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.

Editorial Reviews Review “The chapters contain moving stories and precious vignettes on the relationships established between the skkeletons, her assistants, and Malian households. Not Enabled Word Wise: I wish I’d known the font size could not be adjusted prior to ordering the e-book.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In fact, she was constantly falling into her white-American mindset, shedding the formal anthropological robes she should skeletond been wearing. Something Dettwyler finds out first-hand, unfortunately.

You either love it or hate it, either agree with the author or totally disagree with her. Most of the book was Dettwyler whining and complaining. It’s a difficult task because no one can truly remove themselves entirely from the culture in skkeletons they were raised; it’s just not humanly possible.

I am unconvinced, and took all of what she said with a grain of salt. Sep 23, Rebecca rated it really liked it. The author and her daughter are clearly the most important people in the universe, according to what I got out of the book. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Nov 10, Jenna rated it did not like it.