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Måns Svensson

Måns Svensson

Senior lecturer (Leave of Absence)

Måns Svensson

Living Law, Legal Pluralism, and Corruption in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

Author

  • Rustamjon Urinboyev
  • Måns Svensson

Summary, in English

This paper aims to explore the multifaceted meaning, logic, and morality of informal transactions in order to better understand the social context that informs the meaning of corruption and bribery in post-Soviet Uzbekistan. It will be argued that the informal transactions in Uzbek society reflect different cultural and functional meanings from those in most of the Western world, and hence transactions that from a Western-centric perspective would be labelled as bribes can be morally accepted transactions in the Uzbek cultural context. If this is true, there may be reasons to re-evaluate the relevance of the Western-centric interpretations of corruption in the context of Uzbekistan, and possibly other Central Asian countries. These issues will be investigated with reference to observations and informal interviews from post-Soviet Uzbekistan. This study is based on three periods of ethnographic field research between 2009 and 2012 in the Ferghana Province of Uzbekistan. It draws on concepts of ‘living law’ and legal pluralism to provide a theoretical framework.

Department/s

  • Department of Sociology of Law

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

372-390

Publication/Series

Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law

Volume

45

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Law and Society
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Uzbekistan
  • corruption
  • legal pluralism
  • living law
  • Transparency International

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0732-9113