With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid descriptions, Dettwyler explores. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons “Q&A with the Author” in which Dettwyler responds to typical questions she has. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and conducting.

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So, I am left wondering There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

This is called cultural relativism, and as a student, I am taking this to heart. Fans of Lily King’s Euphoria and other books like it.

Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Her unwillingness to adapt to the cultural differences in Mali versus the United States made the interviewing process, and the answers received, practically invalid since she resorted to asking leading questions, expecting certain types of answers instead of having an open mind and ears.

Thought provoking book from an anthropologist view point. She wanted to study the malnutrition of the children and how they can improve. Dettwyler No preview available – Further Reading and Sources of Quotes. I don’t know much about Africa and its myriad of problems, but Dr.


How can I get this book free??? She mixes the right amount of information about Bambara culture and the frustrations, joys, and ethical issues in doing ethnography.

This book is about the events, people and struggles that Katherine Dettwyler experienced during her trip to West Africa. Please enter the message. Like all anthropologist, Dettwyler originally set out to make a difference in the lives of people across the world, though more directly, the people of Magnambougou.

This book was on my reading list for the Cultural Anthropology course I took this past semester. It was an interesting look into the life in, and the culture of Mali.

Mali is a country with less-than-adequate medical facilities and education on the best practises for proper healthcare.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

SelfHelp for a Hungry World. The conversations are written as if the author transcribed them word-for-word during their discourse, which is highly unlikely. May 05, Aima Syed rated it liked it Shelves: This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates important, not-soon-forgotten messages involving the more sobering aspects of conducting fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa.

Your rating has been recorded. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Even as a student, I see the anthropological “crime” in her words and the actions she writes of, and I’m left with the bitter taste of hypocrisy in my mouth.


While “Dancing Skeletons” provided interesting meat for discussion in class, I was decidedly not fond of the book.

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Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Paperbackpages. 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 in the twenty years since.

It truly takes a whole village to raise a child. She lives in Delaware with her husband Steven, her sons Peter 22 and Alexander 16Truman the dettwgler poodle, and four cats.

Dettwyler Limited preview skeeltons After students learn and understand holism, cultural relativism is next on the list, but it appears these two concepts were misinterpreted by Dettwyler, as it surely is reflected in this book.

Dettwyler Waveland- Social Science – pages 1 Review https: After all, if everyone you know. It’s a difficult task because no one can truly remove themselves entirely from the culture in which they were raised; it’s just not humanly possible.