Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine A. Dettwyler PDF

By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account through a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages concerning the extra sobering points of undertaking fieldwork between malnourished teenagers in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its middle, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, enticing and normally dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s stories accomplishing study on child feeding and wellbeing and fitness in Mali. via attention-grabbing vignettes and sincere, bright descriptions, Dettwyler explores such different issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep an eye on, breastfeeding, baby care, the that means of incapacity and baby dying in several cultures, lady circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities taken with learning emotionally draining issues. Readers will alternately snigger and cry as they meet the author’s associates and informants, stick with her via a chain of encounters with either peri-urban and rural Bambara tradition, and fight together with her as she makes an attempt to reconcile her very various roles as target ethnographer, subjective good friend, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric on hand to varsity and college college in simple terms; touch the writer directly.)

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