Chapter 1 Hermeneutical constructions of corruption in societies
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This chapter deals with one of the less developed approaches to corruption,c its hermeneutical analysis. The focus is on the distinction between individuals and personas, i.e. on the opposition and juxtaposition of individual-cognitive versus socio-interactional aspects of corruption. Some recent works from social anthropologists has pointed out at the need of studying corruption through attention paid to the cultural and cognitive aspects that inform ideas on morality, ethical reasoning, values, representations of what is white or black, right or wrong, legal or illegal, formal or informal. These (abundant) dichotomies allows the researcher to penetrate in the ways how meaning is built first at individual and then at social level. As such, the chapter will also deal with moral aspects of corruption, socialisation patterns and processes, narcissism, socio-cognitive biases about personality, power, and trust.