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Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation

Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation

By Robert R. Faulkner

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

This book addresses an old and basic question: what is the moral order of the market? ‘Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation’ is an exploration of accusations of wrongdoing and the revelations these accusations expose about the dark side of capitalism and modern corporations.

Paperback, 202 Pages

ISBN:9780857287946

January 2011

£19.99, $32.95

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  • About This Book
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  • Table of Contents

About This Book

This book addresses an old and basic question: what is the moral order of the market? ‘Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation’ is an exploration of accusations of wrongdoing, and the revelations these accusations expose about the dark side of capitalism and modern corporations, and their relationships with suppliers, buyers, peers, investment banks and state regulators. The study explores data gathered from the past twenty years, including over a thousand accusations of economic wrongdoing in corporate America. The research traces exchange paths or structural routes; cultural recipes or ideas about wrongdoing; and interactions between the culture and structure of transgression in economic in markets.

Repertoires of accusation, and the three-way associations between accused, accuser and accusation, reveal the moral order of the market. The tools provided in this data collection and analysis provide a template for the study of the three-way relationship between the following: cultural items or types (i.e., accusation types), structural locations or paths (i.e., market interfaces) and time (i.e., temporal locations of types and paths, or recipes and routes). Repertoires unlock the moral order of the modern market and other institutions (family, politics, education, religion, science) as revealed in accusations of transgression.

Reviews

‘Robert Faulkner adds a new, fascinating, and persuasive dimension to our understanding of corporate law-breaking, by demonstrating that it is accusations rather than official actions against capitalist enterprises that hit the hardest. Accusations claim the infliction of grievous harm, assume guilt, and employ defamatory language and derogatory portraits of alleged perpetrators that are far severer than those which appear when the enforcement and adjudicatory agencies take over. This is a book that will enlighten readers seeking to comprehend the dynamics of the recent economic meltdown and earlier episodes of malfeasance in the corporate world.’ —Professor Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine


‘This path-breaking book explores the cultural elements and practice of claims of normative violations in the operation of organizations and individuals in capitalist system, and vastly expands the agenda of what has previously been treated in the study of white collar crime. A remarkable contribution.’ —Professor Mayer Zald, University of Michigan

Author Information

Robert R. Faulkner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Series

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Accusations: Between the Innuendo and the Illegal; Chapter 2. Red Flags and Rebukes: How to Assemble an Accusation; Chapter 3. Fighting Words and Key Phrases; Chapter 4. Market Exchanges Gone Sour: Six Fields of Action; Chapter 5. Finger Pointing and Three Themes: Lying, Cheating, and Stealing; Chapter 6. The Ecology of Greed: Hot Spots for Accusations; Chapter 7. The Repertoires of Wrongdoing; Appendix A: Notes on Statistical Analysis and Coding Principle Themes, Keywords, Key Phrases in the Accusations; Appendix B: The Sample of United States Corporations and Counts of Public Announcements of Alleged Economic Crime; References; Index

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