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7 6 As Pierre Lascoumes (1999: 49) suggests, drawing inspiration from Howard S. Becker (1963). 7 In the middle of the 1950s, Festinger and his team (Festinger, Riecken, and Schachter 1956) studied an American sect prophesying the end of the world by themselves becoming unsuspected adepts of the organization. Investigating the anonymous relations between homosexuals in the United States, Laud Humphreys (1970) adopted a role recognized by the informal rules governing conduct in public toilets: that of the lookout, 30 Corruption and the Secret of Law An additional dilemma in such a situation of inquiry is that the observation of corruption often coincides with its disclosure.
18)? In the second place, by privileging the diachronic dimension, corruption can be described as a process. In fact, it only rarely manifests itself as an isolated and isolable action, as some stereotypical descriptions of the corrupted exchange would indicate (a building contractor slips an envelope into the hands of a public officer to obtain a service contrary to the norms governing the administrative space). On the contrary, it concerns a complex process unfolding in time in which, most of the time, the transaction is indirect (that is to say, implying the intervention of intermediaries) and occupies only one step in a series of events that precede or follow it.
Corruption and the Secret of Law (Law, Justice and Power) by Monique Nuijten and Gerhard Anders