Latvian–Azande Parallel: Corruption as Witchcraft for Latvia during the Transition

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Abstract

To a certain degree corruption for the contemporary Latvians is what witchcraft is for Azande described by Evans-Pritchard (1976). It is a concept, a mechanism and method for understanding, explaining, dealing with and also controlling the changing world. Corruption has not always been the pivoting concept and perhaps it might happen that in comparatively short time it will be substituted by something else. At present, however, corruption is what explains not only misfortune, but also luck and a whole set of current situations. Latvian-Azande parallel here is more a starting point for a discussion than a serious attempt to prove an analogy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Nordic Conference on the Anthropology of Post-Socialism Anthropological Perspectives on New Social and Cultural Divisions in East / Central Europe - , Denmark
Duration: 20 Apr 200222 Apr 2002
Conference number: 4

Conference

Conference4th Nordic Conference on the Anthropology of Post-Socialism Anthropological Perspectives on New Social and Cultural Divisions in East / Central Europe
Country/TerritoryDenmark
Period20/04/0222/04/02

Keywords*

  • anthropology
  • corruption
  • post-soviet
  • transition
  • Latvia
  • post-socialism
  • Baltic States
  • ethnography
  • witchcraft

Field of Science*

  • 5.4 Sociology
  • 5.7 Social and Economic geography
  • 5.9 Other social sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)

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