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By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account by means of a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages regarding the extra sobering facets of engaging in fieldwork between malnourished young ones in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons provides casual, enticing and many times dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s reviews carrying out learn on child feeding and well-being in Mali. via interesting vignettes and sincere, bright descriptions, Dettwyler explores such assorted issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants regulate, breastfeeding, baby care, the that means of incapacity and baby demise in numerous cultures, girl circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities fascinated by gaining knowledge of emotionally draining issues. Readers will alternately chuckle and cry as they meet the author’s buddies and informants, persist with her via a chain of encounters with either peri-urban and rural Bambara tradition, and fight along with her as she makes an attempt to reconcile her very diverse roles as goal ethnographer, subjective buddy, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric to be had to school and collage college basically; touch the writer directly.)

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