Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa
THIS PERSONAL account by a biocultural anthropologist brings in dramatic stories from West Africa involving sobering aspects of fieldwork among malnourished children. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents engaging experiences that the author had while researching on infant feeding and health in Mali. Dettwyler explores ethnocentrism, culture shock, population control, female circumcision, breastfeeding, child care and women's roles in patrilineal societies. Readers will both laugh and cry as she struggles to reconcile her role as an objective ethnographer, subjective friend and mother in the field.