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Illness, Identity, and Taboo among Australian Paleo Dieters


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Catie Gressier
    Pages 1-30
  3. Catie Gressier
    Pages 99-128
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 129-136

About this book


This book explores the cultural and economic conditions fuelling the popularity of the polarizing Paleo diet in Australia. Based on ethnographic research in Melbourne and Sydney, Catie Gressier recounts the compelling narratives of individuals struggling with illness and weight issues. She argues that ‘going Paleo’ provides a sense of agency and means of resistance to the neoliberal policies and practices underpinning the growing prevalence of lifestyle diseases. From its nostalgic constructions of the past, to the rise of anti-elite sentiments inherent in new forms of health populism, Gressier provides a nuanced understanding of the Paleo diet’s contemporary appeal.


Sociology of food Restrictive diets Melbourne Sydney Perth Ethnographic research Symbolic functions Foodways Nutrition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

About the authors

Catie Gressier is a cultural anthropologist and McArthur Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Australia. With a focus on settler societies, foodways, and the environment, her first book At Home in the Okavango explores belonging among the white citizens of Botswana.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Illness, Identity, and Taboo among Australian Paleo Dieters
  • Authors Catie Gressier
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-67249-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88399-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-67250-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 136
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
    Cultural Studies
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