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.
|Title of host publication||Corruption and Norms. Why Informal Rules Matter|
|Editors||Ina Kubbe, Annika Engelbert|
|Number of pages||210|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication date||23 Dec 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Dec 2017|
|MoE publication type||A3 Book chapter|