(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Reading ‘stories’ of corruption : practices and perceptions of everyday corruption in post-tsunami Sri Lanka

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) School of Geography and the Environment, Univ., Oxford, ROYAUME-UNI


The paper examines the practices and perceptions of corruption in two tsunami-affected villages in the Hambantota District, South Sri Lanka. It focuses on narratives emerging from the study villages. Practices of corruption are associated with discretionary powers and the system of political patronage, which place local office holders, local politicians, and wealthy households on the receiving end of corrupt systems. Perceptions of corruption encompass ideas of morality and state–society relations. The manifestation of corruption in post-tsunami Sri Lanka is shown to coincide with a pre-existing unequal and iniquitous development landscape, which became enmeshed in circumstances characteristic of the post-tsunami environment. It emphasizes the broader relevance of the study for understanding issues of governance and post-conflict development in Sri Lanka.


Article of periodic

published at : Political geography / ISSN 0962-6298

Editor : Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1992)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 31, no6 [pp. 368-378]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 tabl., 1 carte



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.05.007

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