Unpacking the anti-corruption agenda: dilemmas for anthropologies

Harrison, Elizabeth (2006) Unpacking the anti-corruption agenda: dilemmas for anthropologies. Oxford Development Studies, 34 (1). pp. 15-29. ISSN 1360-0818

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This 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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Harrison
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:04
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 11:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10016
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