Summary Of Richard Wilk Hate/Love For Foreign Food

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In “Hate/Love for Foreign Food: Neophilia, Neophobia and Globalization” author Richard Wilk tries to explain why people either embrace foreign food or see it as a threat. Neophilia is to love foreign food and neophobia is to hate it. In Turkey, neophilia exists because Turkish people are desperate to learn new things. Wilk explains how food is the way to understand how globalization works (1). His first supportive idea is how food has negative effects in social conflicts because of the globalization of food and how the sources of food are increasingly becoming invisible to consumers (2). He mentions how government subsidizes local products to protect traditions (6). To support neophilics the argumentation made by Wilk is how food is an entertainment and eating foreign cuisines does not have a relation with the identity (7). He says there…show more content…
He argues that how both local and foreign foods are equal and they are always in a changing state (9). He makes another argumentation as how people use self-defense by inventing new traditions when their local culture is under a threat. As a conclusion, Wilk states that curiosity is the reason for trying new things but sharing is the reason people continue these new consumptions (18). As his last idea, neophilics arise from “desire” and neophobics arise from “fear”. In Turkey there is a week called “local product is the country’s product”. It is a government made tradition to protect local products. Today because of globalization, foreign corporations own many of the Turkish brands. This shows us just a piece of how globalization works. Today nothing is 100% local because of economic situations. Even though neophobics try to avoid foreign food by eating at local restaurants most of those restaurants are owned by foreign people so in a point, these neophobic people are neophilics but they do not know

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