Reviews of Scholarship

Contemprory Sociology

Zaloznaya, M. (2015). “Review of the Book: Suspicious Gifts: Bribery, Morality, and Professional Ethics by Malin Åkerström,” Contemporary Sociology 44(4): 479-481.

Malin Åkerström’s Suspicious Gifts: Bribery, Morality, and Professional Ethics is a rare empirical analysis of the socially-constructed boundary between legitimate and corrupt exchanges in a contemporary Western workplace. The author’s account of petty bribery is both innovative in its use of data and classical in its resonance with canonical scholarship on gift exchanges. In my comments, I will discuss several contributions that the book makes to the stagnant field of academic corruptology and offer a few thoughts on a core sociological theme, the theme of power, that is conspicuously absent rom Åkerström's analysis. Read more

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