Unpacking the Anti-corruption Agenda: Dilemmas for Anthropologists
AbstractThis paper explores the dilemmas involved in an anthropological examination of both corruption and the international anti-corruption agenda, arguing that the two must be seen as closely related. The dilemma for anthropologists is that in either unpacking the “meaning” of corruption at a local level, or deconstructing the anti-corruption agenda, the realities of power involved in the attribution of corruption may be overlooked. It is concluded that, to a large extent, the solution lies in the ethnographic focus. Rather than simply examining meanings at a local level, or the international discourse, it is important to see how particular accounts of corruption develop and are translated from international to national and local policy contexts.
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Volume (Year): 34 (2006)
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- Malte Gephart, 2009. "Contextualizing Conceptions of Corruption: Challenges for the International Anti-corruption Campaign," GIGA Working Paper Series 115, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
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