Corruption: A Contemporary Social Issue Analytical Essay

Corruption: A Contemporary Social Issue
Looks at corruption, which is one of the common social issues in the society.
# 148873 | 2,465 words | 16 sources | APA | 2011 | KE
Published on Nov 12, 2011 in Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Economics (General)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper explains that corruption, which is the misuse of entrusted authority to make personal gains, is ever-present and has a major negative effect on contemporary society. Next, the author asserts that capitalism is the foremost cause of corruption because the issue of private ownership drives individuals into greed. The paper suggests that, to reduce societal corruption, society must solve the problems of capitalism by encouraging good morals and empowering the larger society.

Table of Contents:
Social Issue
Effects and Prevalence of Corruption in the Society
Sociological Paradigm (Capitalism)
How Capitalism Contributes to Corruption
Potential Solutions to Capitalism Related Corruption

From the Paper:

"The prevalence of corruption depends with the nature of the society. Corruption is particularly prevalent in societies that have high levels of ignorance. This is because it is the norm in such societies. Individuals in such societies have no idea that it is unacceptable for a person to demand a bribe before offering a service. Corruption levels are also high in situations where people do not respect the law effective. People who commit corruption often skip justice and walk scot-free. The people in such societies have not cultivated a culture of zero tolerance to corruption. The society has allowed and accepted corruption as their way of life. In such societies, it is common to find out that individuals grow up knowing that corruption is not a vice but rather a way of life. It is also common to find people struggling to gain faculty positions so that they can siphon funds and other resources from their governments.
"Such societies acknowledge and take corruption thus live with it. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between corruption and a people's culture. Such people do not realize that corruption denies them the right to social, economic and even political equality. They believe that leaders have a right to defraud."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, B. N., & Sydie, R.A. (2002). Contemporary sociological theory. New York: Thousand Oaks
  • Allison, H., & Hobbs, J.R. (2006). Science and policy in natural resource management: understanding system. London: Cambridge University Press
  • Burrell, G., & Morgan, G. (2000). Sociological paradigms and organizational analysis: elements of the sociology of corporate life. London: Heinemann Publishers. CA: Pine Forge Press.
  • Carl, D.J. (2009). Think Sociology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Carl, D.J. (2009). Think Sociology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Publishers.

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Corruption: A Contemporary Social Issue (2011, November 12) Retrieved July 09, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Corruption: A Contemporary Social Issue" 12 November 2011. Web. 09 July. 2020. <>