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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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Culture and Corruption

Culture and Corruption

(p.116) Chapter 7 Culture and Corruption
Interpreting Corruption

Peter Larmour

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at what different ideas about culture might tell us about corruption. Ideas about culture are often deployed to resist external pressure. “Culture” is highly valued, much talked about, and displayed in the Pacific. Yet the influential Source Book of ideas about dealing with corruption calls culture a myth. This chapter thus argues that some kind of cultural analysis—concerned with meanings, values, representations, and the word itself—is inescapable. It goes on to identify points at which cultural factors enter into the recognition of corruption, and reactions to it. The chapter then looks at culture and corruption's opposite, integrity, and at the differences between elite and mass culture in their attitudes to corruption.

Keywords:   culture, integrity, corruption, cultural analysis, cultural factors, elite culture, mass culture

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