Focusing on Masculinity and Male-Dominated Networks in Corruption
Bjarnegård’s chapter argues for the need to bring the role of masculinity to the fore in future studies of gender and corruption. Hitherto, most research has focused on the role of women and the values they may bring to positions of power. This chapter turns the question around and problematizes the role of male-dominated networks. The core of the argument is that corruption indicates the presence of shadowy arrangements that benefit the already privileged, which in most countries tend to be men. Based on data from Thailand, it reveals how women are locked out of positions of power, since they are not trusted as partners in the network of sensitive exchanges.
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