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By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account through a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages related to the extra sobering features of accomplishing fieldwork between malnourished teenagers in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its middle, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, attractive and usually dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s reports engaging in study on youngster feeding and future health in Mali. via attention-grabbing vignettes and sincere, shiny descriptions, Dettwyler explores such varied issues as ethnocentrism, tradition surprise, inhabitants keep an eye on, breastfeeding, baby care, the that means of incapacity and baby demise in several cultures, girl circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the hazards of fieldwork, and the realities serious about studying emotionally draining issues. Readers will alternately chuckle and cry as they meet the author’s neighbors and informants, stick to 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 diverse roles as goal ethnographer, subjective pal, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric on hand to school and college school in basic terms; touch the writer directly.)

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