Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account via a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages regarding the extra sobering facets of engaging in fieldwork between malnourished childrens in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, attractive and generally dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s reports undertaking examine on toddler feeding and wellbeing and fitness in Mali. via interesting vignettes and sincere, shiny descriptions, Dettwyler explores such diversified issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep watch over, breastfeeding, baby care, the which means of incapacity and baby dying in several cultures, lady circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities fascinated by gaining knowledge of emotionally draining subject matters. Readers will alternately chuckle and cry as they meet the author’s neighbors and informants, stick with her via a sequence of encounters with either peri-urban and rural Bambara tradition, and fight together with her as she makes an attempt to reconcile her very diverse roles as aim ethnographer, subjective buddy, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric to be had to varsity and college college basically; touch the writer directly.)

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By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account via a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages regarding the extra sobering facets of engaging in fieldwork between malnourished childrens in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, attractive and generally dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s reports undertaking examine on toddler feeding and wellbeing and fitness in Mali. via interesting vignettes and sincere, shiny descriptions, Dettwyler explores such diversified issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep watch over, breastfeeding, baby care, the which means of incapacity and baby dying in several cultures, lady circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities fascinated by gaining knowledge of emotionally draining subject matters. Readers will alternately chuckle and cry as they meet the author’s neighbors and informants, stick with her via a sequence of encounters with either peri-urban and rural Bambara tradition, and fight together with her as she makes an attempt to reconcile her very diverse roles as aim ethnographer, subjective buddy, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric to be had to varsity and college college basically; touch the writer directly.)

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