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Gthy review on it First and foremost my major complaint about this book is that throughout reading it I could not figure out what the point of the book was is it an ethnography An autobiography A how to guide for surviving fieldwork A treatise on the importance of nutrition A work of fiction I know it s not but I ll get to why I ask that later The schizophrenic nature of the writing left me shaking my head and throwing my hands up in frustration as I read further and further into it Once I thought I had it figured out she d changed personalities again I realize that she was writing for an undergraduate audience with the hopes of inspiring them to further explore the world of anthropology so she likely did not wish to weigh down the book with heavy amounts of data and academic discourse But But But She IS an academician and this book IS written for academic purposes so I expect the book to discuss things at a higher level not the dumbed down and pointless version she published especially if I m reuired to read this book for an academic classAs a student of anthropology I m being taught to remove my cultural biases when encountering new and different cultural values norms and s than my own I m being taught to try and take a non ethnocentric view on others It s a difficult task because no one can truly remove themselves entirely from the culture in which they were raised
it s ust not humanly possible But you do the best you can to keep your eyes and your mind s ust not humanly possible But you do the best you can to keep your eyes and your mind to view practices in their own cultural context This is called cultural relativism and as a student I am taking this to heart The fact that Dettwyler "A TRAINED EDUCATED PRACTICING AND TEACHING "trained educated practicing and teaching has written a book in which she freely writes her negative views and opinions on the Malian people some of them so ethnocentric it s astounding and doesn t apologize for her inability to separate her beliefs from her profession shocks and appalls me Even as a student I see the anthropological crime in her words and the actions she writes of and I m left with the bitter taste of hypocrisy in my mouthAs someone who used to make a living writing professionally I am dismayed and disappointed at several cardinal rules of writing being broken throughout the book the most disturbing one being the use of whole dialogues between the author and several other characters in her book I call them characters because that is exactly what whole bits of dialogue written like this conjure up The conversations are written as if the author transcribed them word for word during their discourse which is highly unlikely So I am left wondering is this really what was said Is Dettwyler portraying these people s words and the situations accurately as they happened Or is she shaping the conversations in a way that
the point she is to make or to elevate the story ust a bit And that makes me wonder ust how REAL her story is is this a work of fiction or non fictionThere are several other complaints and issues I have with Dancing Skeletons but then I fear my opinion of her book might end up being as long as the book itself So to end this on a positive note I will say that if I were to find one positive aspect of the book I would say that it s an excellent tool for teaching anthropology students what NOT to do as they further their studies in the fiel. Work and facing emotionally draining realities Readers will laugh and cry as they meet the author's friends and informants follow her through a series of encounters with both peri urban and rural Bambara culture and struggle with her as she attempts to reconcile her very different roles as objective ethnographer subjective friend and mother in the field. E interested in the problems associatedSuits The Point She Is
WITH AFRICA I READ THIS BOOKAfrica I read this book an assignment for my cultural anthropology class Some of the students in my class had raved about itso I was pretty excited to read it Well I ended up hating it The author did a very poor ob of writing this book Most of the book was Dettwyler whining and complaining There are a few interesting parts of the story but I felt overall it was a waste of time Absolutely terrible I gave it one star for her occasional rants on the benefits of breast feeding and vaginal as opposed to elective c section births Aside breast feeding and vaginal as opposed to elective c section births Aside the utterly rude and patronizing manner in which she describes her subjects what I found most troubling was the blatant omission of any mention of the history of french colonialism within Mali as a possible contributing factor to malnourishment The idea that the mothers ust need to be educated about how to feed their children is not only complete bullshit but also recalls the days of anthropology as an outgrowth of the white man s burden About as vapid and useful as Jared Diamond s excrescences concerning economic collapse through ignorance This book was on my reading list for the Cultural Anthropology course I took this past semesterWhile Dancing Skeletons provided interesting meat for discussion in class I was decidedly not fond of the bookDettwyler starts out her book with lots of complaining and whining and seems to be begging the reader to have sympathy for her or to pity her If you manage to get past the first few chapters of this which is difficult but possible then it definitely becomes interestingIt was an interesting look into the life in and the culture of Mali However Dettwyler who is supposed to be a professional anthropologist expresses a shocking amount of ethnocentric views and seems to view herself as #superior to the people she s serving and studying Additionally she has mountains of conversation that #to the people she s serving and studying Additionally she has mountains of conversation that put between uotes which implies that she has written word for word precisely what was said I am skeptical of this as she never mentions having a recorder with her or transcribing as she talks with the people Sohow does she remember precisely what was said Does she take her memories and impressions from the conversation and transcribe them into conversations I am unconvinced and took all of what she said with a grain of salt I walked away from this book with the impression that Dettwyler thoughtthinks she is the bees kness and that she was some sort of savior for the people of Mali I really was unimpressedTwo stars because of the excellent discussions that surrounded this book during class time NO SPOILERSIgnore that ugly blue cover Dancing Skeletons offers a fascinating peek into one anthropologist s extensive work in West Africa The stories are detailed intimate educational and most of all riveting Dettwyler somehow managed to make anthropology interesting to all from those who can t get enough of the subject to those who couldn t care less Perhaps this is because Dancing Skeletons is a deeply human book these are not merely tribal others This author hammered home how no matter where we are in this world and no matter our circumstances at our core we re the same An assignment for my medical anthropology class this book infuriated me on so many levels that I feel compelled to write a pretty len. H on infant feeding and health in MaliThrough fascinating vignettes and honest vivid descriptions Dettwyler explores such diverse topics as ethnocentrism culture shock population control breastfeeding child care the meaning of disability and child death in different cultures female circumcision women's roles in patrilineal societies the dangers of field. .
Can the author complain a little i was so annoyed the whole time i was reading this book and the only reason why i read the whole thing is because my professor assigned it and put uestions on the test the funny thing is my anthropology professor did not care for the book either glad i got it for 2 would not have spent any than that Dancing Skeletons Life and Death in West Africa is an amazing ethnography that covers many aspects of life in Western Africa The detailed account of the relationships the author has with everyone from children and their parents to complete strangers in the street provides a very easy read while also giving the reader an excellent and in depth look at the everyday life of the people in this third world country Through multiple different methods of information gathering she is able to touch the lives of people who suffer from disease and illness Showcasing the variety of life and lifestyles in the nation of Mali with a concentration on child nutrition and development is the core value of this book With plenty of emotional drama tied into it whether it be Kathy s own personal struggles or those of the people she is conducting research on gives this book a sense of intimacy that is lacking in normal ethnography s which only aim to present facts of the research in a boring manner that leaves the reader disliking anthropological studies Listening to the Kathy Dettwyler expand her own world view through the #accounts of the people she interacted with for nearly a decade made for an extremely interesting book This book #of the people she interacted with for nearly a decade made for an extremely interesting book This book a must read for anyone interested in Anthropology Africa or simply a good book with educational value Extremely boring but even worse it s completely lacking in compassion The author and her daughter are clearly the most important people in the universe according to what I
got out of the book Be prepared to read about mentally disabled people getting yelled atout of the book Be prepared to read about mentally disabled people getting yelled at disabled kids getting mean nicknames I had to write a paper based on certain aspects of this book but instead turned it into an old fashion book reportUpon being assigned Dancing Skeletons Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine A Dettwyler I was thrilled to read an anthropologist s first hand view of field wo A combination memoir and anthropological study The author spent several years in the West #African nation of Mali researching malnutrition in infants and toddlers She came to the conclusion that # nation of Mali researching malnutrition in infants and toddlers She came to the conclusion that problem is not so much inadeuate food as inadeuate education about food the children were being fed but they weren t getting a balanced diet and the adults believed good food like meat for example was wasted on a child and was better off eaten by those who had worked to produce it I don t know much about Africa and its myriad of problems but Dr Dettwyler s idea about nutrition education seems very sensible She did her study back in the eighties though I wonder if the food situation in Mali in terms of what s available has changed in the twenty years sinceThe author truly loved the Malian people and spoke about them with a lot of affection telling funny stories about them as well as about her own misadventures There s also a very tense poignant chapter where she talks about how her daughter nearly died of drug resistant malariaDefinitely a win especially for anthropologists of course and thos. This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates not soon forgotten messages involving the sobering aspects of fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa With nutritional anthropology at its core Dancing Skeletons presents informal engaging and oftentimes dramatic stories that relate the author's experiences conducting researc.