An Ethnography of Bribery and the Interplay Between Formal and Informal norms: The case of Tunisian “sex crimes”


Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Kresge Room (Barker Center)

A Middle East Beyond Borders graduate workshop with

Dr. Maaike Voorhoeve
Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School
University of Amsterdam

Article Description: This article examines sex-related bribery and extortion practices of the Tunisian police offering an 'ethnography of corruption'. It is to be submitted to ME Law and Governance for the special issue on law and corruption (J. Carlisle and M. Voorhoeve, guest editors). It was written as part of my post-doctoral project on the Tunisian political transition, although this article mainly addresses pre-revolutionary practices, based on material collected during fieldwork for my PhD (2008 and 2009) on Tunisian judicial practices.

This interdisciplinary graduate student workshop welcomes Harvard students, faculty, and affiliates from all disciplines and at all stages of scholarship. Please email Bethany to RSVP and request a copy of the paper. As always, please read the article thoroughly before the session and come prepared to give substantive feedback.

Contact: Bethany Kibler
Sponsors: Mahindra Humanities Center, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University