On the Discursive Construction of Corruption: A Critical Analysis of Media Texts

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, företagsledning och organisation fi
dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation fi
dc.contributor.author Breit, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-23T13:59:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-23T13:59:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-23
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-124-4
dc.identifier.issn 0424-7256
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/26467
dc.description.abstract While extant studies have greatly advanced our understanding of corruption, we still know little of the processes through which specific practices or events come to be labeled as corruption. In a time when public attention devoted to corruption and other forms of corporate misbehavior has exploded, this thesis raises – and seeks to answer – crucial questions related to how the phenomenon is socially and discursively constructed. What kinds of struggles are manifested in public disputes about corruption? How do constructions of corruption relate with broader conceptions of (il)legitimacy in and around organizations? What are the discursive dynamics involved in the emergence and evolution of corruption scandals? The thesis consists of four essays that each employ different research designs and tackle these questions in slightly different theoretical and methodological ways. The empirical focus is on the media coverage of a number of significant and widely discussed scandals in Norway in the period 2003-2008. By illuminating crucial processes through which conceptions of corruption were constructed, reproduced, and transformed in these scandals, the thesis seeks to paint a more nuanced picture of corruption than what is currently offered in the literature. In particular, the thesis challenges traditional conceptions of corruption as a dysfunctional feature of organizations in and of itself by emphasizing the ambiguous, temporal, context-specific, and at times even contradictory features of corruption in public discussions. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics fi
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Society - 227 fi
dc.subject critical discourse analysis fi
dc.subject corruption fi
dc.subject media fi
dc.subject legitimation fi
dc.subject scandal fi
dc.subject sensemaking fi
dc.subject case study fi
dc.subject.other Management and Organisation fi
dc.title On the Discursive Construction of Corruption: A Critical Analysis of Media Texts fi
dc.date.accepted 2011-06-22

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