Combining ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Kupang with an acute historical sensibility, Sylvia Tidey shows how good governance initiatives paradoxically perpetuate civil service corruption while also facilitating the emergence of new forms of it. Importing critical insights from the anthropology of ethics to the burgeoning anthropology of corruption, Tidey exposes enduring developmentalist fallacies that treat corruption as endemic to non-Western subjects. In practice, it is often indistinguishable from the ethics of care and exchange, as Indonesian civil servants make worthwhile lives for themselves and their families. This book will be a vital text for anthropologists and other social scientists, particularly scholars of global studies, development studies, and Southeast Asia.
The book is available online (Open Access), and soon in paperback as well.
Sylvia Tidey is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at the University of Virginia.
David Kloos, senior researcher at KITLV
Erica Larson, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Annemarie Samuels, Leiden University
This book discussion will be a hybrid event and will be held in the conference room of KITLV (room 1.68) and online via Zoom. Time: 14.30 h – 16.00 h CET.
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This webinar is organized by KITLV and the Asia Research Cluster of the Leiden University Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
Credits: Sylvia Tidey.