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One may change the way of talking about corrupt practices according to the audience addressed. This is well illustrated by Znoj in his chapter on corruption in Indonesia, according to the corruption index of Transparency International, one of the most corrupt countries in the world. His chapter explores the hidden connections between the public denouncements of corruption by government officials and politicians and the secret endorsement of corrupt practices. He shows how within the same conversation a civil servant can vehemently argue against corruption and the next moment laughingly and proudly tell about his own “corrupt” transactions, which are expressed in a different idiom.

It is obvious that economists and political scientists observe elephants—or corruption—in a way different from anthropologists. If the former are interested only in the acts which have led to a penal procedure and have been reported by the press, the latter focus their attention on “real corruption” (the set of offences committed, which do not necessarily become known to institutions of suppression). However, the newspaper, the judicial archives, and the polls should not be neglected under the influence of an excessive inclination toward oral inquiry and participant observation.

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