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  • From Ayran to Dragon Fruit Smoothie: Populism, Polarization, and Social Engineering in Turkey 

    Authors:Karaosmanoğlu, Defne
    Publisher and Date:(USC Annenberg Press, 2020)
    Food embedded with symbolic meaning has power in politics. Food as political communication is extensively studied as a nation branding and public diplomacy tool. However, academic studies seem to overlook the role that food plays in populism and political polarization. Pointing out a gap in the field, I explore the role of culinary culture in Turkish politics between 2013 and 2019 to demonstrate its polarizing effect and its role in social engineering. I argue that social engineering as part of ...