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A culture of corruption : everyday deception and popular discontent in Nigeria / Daniel Jordan Smith.

Author/creator Smith, Daniel Jordan, 1961-
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoPrinceton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2008, 2007.
Description1 online resource (xxiii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm)
Supplemental Content;1727940
Portion of title Everyday deception and popular discontent in Nigeria
Series Alexander Street anthropology. UNAUTHORIZED
Contents Introduction -- "Urgent business relationship" : Nigerian e-mail scams -- From favoritism to 419 : corruption in everyday life -- Development scams : donors, dollars, and NGO entrepreneurs -- "Fair play even among robbers" : democracy, politics, and corruption -- Rumors, riots, and diabolical rituals -- "They became the criminals they were supposed to fight" : crime, corruption, and vigilante justice -- Anticorruption aspirations : Biafrans and born-again Christians.
Abstract "E-mails proposing an 'urgent business relationship' help make fraud Nigeria's largest source of foreign revenue after oil. But scams are also a central part of Nigeria's domestic cultural landscape. Corruption is so widespread in Nigeria that its citizens call it simply 'the Nigerian factor.' Willing or unwilling participants in corruption at every turn, Nigerians are deeply ambivalent about it-- resigning themselves to it, justifying it, or complaining about it. They are painfully aware of the damage corruption does to their country and see themselves as their own worst enemies, but they have been unable to stop it. A Culture of Corruption is a profound and sympathetic attempt to understand the dilemmas average Nigerians face every day as they try to get ahead--or just survive--in a society riddled with corruption." -- Publisher's description.
General noteOriginally published: 2007.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (p. [247]-256) and index.
Reproduction noteElectronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Anthropology online). Available via World Wide Web.

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