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From Favors to 419: The Moral Economy of Corruption in Nigeria

From Favors to 419: The Moral Economy of Corruption in Nigeria

Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Daniel J. Smith, Anthropology, Brown University

Presented by the Centre for Ethnography -  Speaker Series

Thursday, February 5, 2009

4 - 6 pm

Council Chambers, AA160

Everyone Welcome - FREE!


Professor Daniel Jordan Smith is also Associate Director of Brown’s Population Studies and Training Center and the recipient of the 2008 Margaret Mead Award for his book "A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria" (Princeton University Press, 2007) which examines how ordinary Nigerians cope with - and participate in - corruption in their society. The award is given jointly by the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology to a younger scholar for an achievement that helps make anthropological research meaningful to the public.

He conducts research in medical anthropology, anthropological demography, and political anthropology in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Nigeria. His research in medical and demographic anthropology includes work on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and behavior, adolescent sexuality, marriage, kinship, and rural-urban migration. His work on political

culture in Nigeria includes studies of patron-clientism, Pentecostal Christianity, vigilantism, and corruption.

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