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Pure Food: Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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Volume 12

Anthropology of Food & Nutrition

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Pure Food

Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Edited by Paul Collinson and Helen Macbeth

240 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-018-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (July 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-019-0 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This is a valuable addition to the anthropology of food and interdisciplinary food studies. The volume’s contributors analyze a wealth of interesting phenomena from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.” • Giovanni Orlando, Food sustainability consultant


Food purity and nutrition has inter-disciplinary roots in anthropological, ethnological, evolutionary, psychological and applied perspectives. Pure Food presents the theoretical and cross-cultural aspects of adopting food purity. It demonstrates variations and similarities in diverse cultural beliefs, behaviours and practices in different societies that define the pure food mindset. As a subject with much contemporary relevance, Pure Food appeals to professional practitioners involved in promoting healthier food and nutrition, as well as to general readers with an interest in food purity.

Paul Collinson is an Honorary Research Fellow and former lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. He also works as a senior conflict analyst for the UK Government. His publications include Food and Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (Berghahn, 2019) with Iain Young, Lucy Antal and Helen Macbeth.

Helen Macbeth is an Honorary Research Fellow and retired Principal Lecturer in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. She has also been President of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.

Subject: Food & NutritionAnthropology (General)


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