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 concerning the extra sobering facets of engaging in fieldwork between malnourished childrens in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, enticing and frequently dramatic tales from the sphere that relate the author’s reports undertaking examine on toddler feeding and future health in Mali. via attention-grabbing vignettes and sincere, brilliant descriptions, Dettwyler explores such different themes as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep watch over, breastfeeding, baby care, the that means of incapacity and baby loss of life in several cultures, girl circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities interested in discovering emotionally draining subject matters. Readers will alternately chuckle and cry as they meet the author’s neighbors and informants, stick to 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 good friend, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric on hand to school and collage college merely; touch the writer directly.)

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