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Panel: Straddling between ‘Legality’ and ‘Illegality’ in Everyday Life: Corruption and Informal Practices in Central Asia 
Elmurod Sobirov (Lund University)
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Rustamjon Urinboyev (Lund University)
Sherzod Eraliev (Lund University)
Political Science, International Relations, and Law


This panel aims to explore the social life of corruption in Central Asia by presenting empirically grounded insights into people’s and state officials’ experiences of ‘legality’ and ‘illegality’ in everyday life situations. The central argument of the panel is that explanations of corruption in authoritarian regime contexts such as Central Asia cannot be reduced to ‘black-and-white’ perspectives, such that the roles, meanings, and logics of corruption are fluid, potentially varying at different levels and orders of society depending upon a myriad of structural variables, power positions, and contextual and situational factors. These processes will be illustrated by presenting various empirical studies from the Central Asian context.

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