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Interpreting CorruptionCulture and Politics in the Pacific Islands$
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Peter Larmour

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835149

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835149.001.0001

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Talk and Silence about Corruption

Talk and Silence about Corruption

(p.20) Chapter 2 Talk and Silence about Corruption
Interpreting Corruption

Peter Larmour

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter maps the pattern of talk (or discourse) on corruption. It explores several loosely distinguished layers of talk, and silence, in different institutional settings. In some the talk is incidental. Others, like ombudsmen or the tabloid press, are more devoted to producing and disseminating talk about corruption. All of this talk (and silence) takes place in settings that encourage or discourage it and give it shape. The settings are social and—in matters of conscience—psychological. The silence allows corrupt acts to go undetected and unpunished. The chapter distinguishes between these layers—moving from the internal and personal to the external and social scientific—and the settings in which it takes place.

Keywords:   corruption discourse, institutional settings, international agencies, corruption, talk, silence

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