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09/02/2007
5.5 x 8.75 (Hardcover)
5.5 x 8.5 (Paperback)

9781876843335

Scams and Sweeteners

A Sociology of Fraud
by OGINO Masahiro
Japanese Society Series
In Scams and Sweeteners, author Masahiro Ogino presents his sociological reflections on fraudulent acts, which are preformed in the space that is not governed by social norms. In this ambitious study, he attempts to develop a theory of what he calls a "society of zero sociability" on the basis of...

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In Scams and Sweeteners, author Masahiro Ogino presents his sociological reflections on fraudulent acts, which are preformed in the space that is not governed by social norms. In this ambitious study, he attempts to develop a theory of what he calls a "society of zero sociability" on the basis of Japanese, French, German, Swiss, Italian, and American cases. He argues that "there is no clear delineation between friendship and respect, and gift-giving and scams, in degree-zero society. There is no differentiation between a premeditated scam and the intention to give a gift, and one could easily become the other, so that a situation may seem like a scam but could easily seem like an example of gift giving. There is a need for sociological theory focusing on [this] primordial world."

About Authors

OGINO Masahiro is a Japanese sociologist and Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University. His fields of study are cultural sociology, historical sociology and social theory. He graduated from the Department of Sociology at Paul Valery University in 1982 and completed a PhD in Sociology at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Paris 7 in 1988. After serving as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Sociology of Kwansei Gakuin University, he became Professor in 2012.

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