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 related to the extra sobering points of carrying out fieldwork between malnourished youngsters in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, enticing and regularly dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s reports engaging in study on toddler feeding and healthiness in Mali. via attention-grabbing vignettes and sincere, bright descriptions, Dettwyler explores such assorted issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep watch over, breastfeeding, baby care, the that means of incapacity and baby demise in several cultures, lady circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the risks of fieldwork, and the realities fascinated about studying emotionally draining issues. Readers will alternately giggle and cry as they meet the author’s buddies and informants, keep on 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 assorted roles as aim ethnographer, subjective good friend, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric to be had to school and collage college in basic terms; touch the writer directly.)

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