Corruption: Oedipal configuration as social mechanism

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Title: Corruption: Oedipal configuration as social mechanism
Year: 2003
Authors: Sapochnik, C.

The paper explores some of the psychodynamic variables which make corruption possible at a personal, organizational and social level. In order to consider what corruption might be, it makes reference to the concepts of envy, jealousy and the oedipal configuration, in relation to both power and authority. While the paper acknowledges the importance of specific contexts such as impoverished economies, it argues that the potential for corrupt behaviour is an integral component of our psychosocial makeup and, as such, it is abetted by internal conflict in the individual and the group. Unless we understand the vicissitudes of our envy of power, this is disavowed and we turn a blind eye to the potential in ourselves and others for acting corruptly.

Keywords: corruption envy jealousy Oedipal social
Language: English

Journal: Journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Start page: 177
End page: 190
ISSN: 1474 2780
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Submitted by:
Carlos Sapochnik

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