Corruption, Social Norms and Everyday Life in Uzbekistan

Rustam Urinboyev, Mans Svensson

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In this chapter, we explore the multifaceted role, logic and morality of informal transactions in order to better understand the socio-legal context informing the meaning of corruption. Our aim is to show how informal or illegal practices (‘corruption’ from a legal standpoint) not only mirror kleptocracy, individual greed, economic interests or survival strategies, but also reflect social norms generated through kinship, social status, hierarchies, affection, reciprocity and reputation. We argue that any anti-corruption strategies should be built on a deep knowledge of social norms and local context that determine the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of everyday social behavior. Our chapter is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork between 2009 and 2016 in Uzbekistan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorruption and Norms. Why Informal Rules Matter
EditorsIna Kubbe, Annika Engelbert
Number of pages210
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date23 Dec 2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-66254-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-66253-4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

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