Corruption in a Culture of Money: Understanding Social Norms in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

Urinboyev, R. and Svensson, M., 2013. Corruption in a Culture of Money: Understanding Social Norms in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan. In: M. Baier, ed. Social and Legal Norms. Aldershot: Ashgate, 267–284.

18 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2013 Last revised: 2 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2013 08, 05

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to explore the social meaning and ordinary activities surrounding informal transactions in order to better understand the social context forming the premises and informing the meaning of corruption in Uzbekistan. A theoretically founded hypothesis is that informal transactions in Uzbek society reflect different cultural meanings than in the Western world. If this is true, there may be reasons to re-evaluate the concept of corruption in order to reflect the morality of exchange in Uzbekistan. This study is based on two periods of field research between 2009-2010 in Oltiariq district of Fergana region, Uzbekistan. We used ethnographic methods and the case of wedding ceremonies in order to illustrate local perceptions of informal exchange. Our results can be summarised in three main points: (a) informal transactions are deeply embedded in cultural practices; (b) not all informal transactions are corrupt; (c) when talking about (or measuring) corruption, local perceptions should be taken into account.

Keywords: Uzbekistan, informal transactions, corruption, law and society, sociology of law social norms, Central Asia, ethnography, wedding, state-in-society

Suggested Citation

Urinboyev, Rustamjon and Svensson, Mans, Corruption in a Culture of Money: Understanding Social Norms in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan (2013 08, 05). Urinboyev, R. and Svensson, M., 2013. Corruption in a Culture of Money: Understanding Social Norms in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan. In: M. Baier, ed. Social and Legal Norms. Aldershot: Ashgate, 267–284. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2197792

Rustamjon Urinboyev (Contact Author)

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
Lund, S221 00
Sweden

Mans Svensson

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
Lund, S221 00
Sweden

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