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Accounts of Honesty. Refuting Allegations of Bribery

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 108-125
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Deviant Behavior
Volym: 33
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Routledge


This article investigates the stories told by Swedish men charged with bribery. The interviews are drawn from a study of court cases relating to bribery. White-collar criminals often justify their actions with reference to business culture: ‘‘Everyone’s doing it.’’ In this study, when refuting alle- gations, interviewees also invoke a ‘‘folk logic of bribery,’’ thus making use of mainstream cultural resources. Received ideas of a ‘‘real’’ bribe include the act itself, but also the moral character of the people involved. Accordingly, interviewees tailor a version in line with these ideas to refute the allegations against them.



  • Social Sciences
  • Bribery
  • honesty
  • folk logic
  • deviance


  • Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk
  • ISSN: 1521-0456
  • ISSN: 0163-9625

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