Narratives of evil: localized understandings of corruption

Bratu, Roxana and Kazoka, Iveta (2016) Narratives of evil: localized understandings of corruption. Working Paper. University College London.

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Corruption is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that has different forms in different contexts (Richter, Burke 2007). Similarly to other grand concepts like ‘society’, ‘morality’, ‘human relationships’, corruption is also abstract, diffuse and lacking in clear delineation – which makes it a good target for metaphorical reasoning (Kovecses 2000, p.23-26). This research explores the metaphorical dimensions of corruption vocabulary arguing that it is built on a paradox. CACA and HACA research has indicated two apparently contradictory facts. The first one is that there is an international vocabulary associated with corruption that reveals a general, even though superficial, understanding of this phenomenon (“a person is corrupt”, “that is a corrupt country”). The second fact is that there are important local peculiarities in the usage of even the most common corruption related terms (like nepotism, familism, clientelism, cartels). This report is built around this paradox, exploring the tensions between the transnational symbolism of corruption and its local meanings by looking at the use of metaphors in the national press from seven different countries (Italy, France, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and UK).

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: content analysis, corruption vocabulary, media and corruption, semantics
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
Depositing User: Roxana Bratu
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 16:29
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 16:29

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