The negotiation of 'corruption' by NGOs in Eastern Nigeria: Engagements with local culture and global governance

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dc.contributor.author Routley, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-10T10:15:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-10T10:15:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Routley, L. (2010) The negotiation of 'corruption' by NGOs in Eastern Nigeria: Engagements with local culture and global governance, PhD thesis. Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6073
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the discourses and practices of national Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, as they relate to corruption. It examines how these discourses and practices reflect hybrid normative understandings of the state and politics. My research draws on nine months of participant observation with three Nigerian national NGOs (NGOs that are founded and run by Nigerians) based in Enugu, and on interviews conducted with the NGO workers. I examine how these NGOs are involved in grey practices; practices which can be seen to have certain attributes associated with corruption, but are not understood by NGO workers as such. I argue that the relationship of these organisations to corruption is highly ambiguous by showing that these practices are undertaken not for the benefit of NGOs or their workers, but in order to better assist their clients. My research findings imply that the „international‟ norms put forward by advocates of good governance of a „proper functioning state‟ are central to the norms surrounding these grey practices, albeit in a translated hybrid form. This translation is significant, for whilst the concepts of local and international norms and standards are discursively important for the production of the national NGOs legitimacy, their practices and discourses are radically hybrid. In examining this hybridity I contribute to the development of a more complex understanding of the translation of norms, arguing against those who conceptualise the role of national NGOs solely as extensions of the apparatus of global governmentality. I utilise Homi Bhabha‟s concept of hybridity to argue that the hybrid discourses and practices of these national NGOs are produced by radically hybrid norms of politics and modes of governmentality. These practices are not a collage of pieces that can be traced back to either „local‟ or imported conceptions, rather, they are „new‟. en
dc.description.sponsorship ESRC en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.rights The student has requested that this electronic version of the thesis does not include the main body of the work - i.e. the chapters and conclusion. The other sections of the thesis are available as a research resource. en
dc.title The negotiation of 'corruption' by NGOs in Eastern Nigeria: Engagements with local culture and global governance en
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dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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