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By Katherine A. Dettwyler

1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This own account by way of a biocultural anthropologist illuminates very important, not-soon-forgotten messages regarding the extra sobering facets of engaging in fieldwork between malnourished little ones in West Africa. With dietary anthropology at its center, Dancing Skeletons offers casual, enticing and routinely dramatic tales from the sector that relate the author’s studies accomplishing learn on toddler feeding and future health in Mali. via interesting vignettes and sincere, vibrant 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 dying in several cultures, girl circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the hazards of fieldwork, and the realities fascinated about learning emotionally draining subject matters. Readers will alternately snigger 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 along with her as she makes an attempt to reconcile her very various roles as target ethnographer, subjective pal, and mom within the box. (Not-for-sale teacher source fabric to be had to varsity and collage school simply; touch the writer directly.)

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