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Corruption and the Concept of Culture: Evidence from the Pacific Islands

Larmour, Peter


Ideas about �culture� have often been used to explain, or excuse, acts of corruption. Gift giving, it is sometimes said, is �part of our culture�. Outsiders should not confuse it with bribery or corruption. Such a relativistic approach has been strongly criticized by academic writers on corruption, such as Sayed Alatas in his classic Sociology of Corruption, and by activists, such as Transparency International. Alatas saw cultural relativism as another kind of Western naivete and condescension...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2012
Type: Book chapter
Source: Corruption: expanding the focus
Book Title: Corruption: expanding the focus
DOI: 10.22459/CEF.09.2012.09
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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