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Corruption and Its Impact from Poor People’s Perspective

This article is aimed at analyzing the implications that the corruption has on society. It was addressed by the qualitative approach through a phenomenological design. For this purpose, the testimonies of 181 poor people were used, as a part of the Doctoral Thesis carried out at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. The participants were from the three regions of Peru: From the Human Settlements in Chimbote city (the Coast region), Juliaca (the Andes region) and Pucallpa (the Jungle region). For data collection in-depth interviews and focus group techniques were used (54 interviewees and 21 groups, respectively). The main results indicate that negative emotions such as: anger, rage, indignation, frustration, displeasure and hopelessness are typical at the time they refer all their authorities are involved in corruption. It is believed that these emotions reflect their thoughts in absolute terms, their rigid thought called dichotomous or polarized thought. It is thought that all of them irradiate to their daily life affecting their relationships and affecting the social cohesion. No main differences are found according to the place where they live, except the fact that the more educated authority the more willing to be involved in corruption, which comes, mainly, from people of Pucallpa.

Corruption, Poverty, Society, Emotions

Luis Hesneide Morales Lopez. (2023). Corruption and Its Impact from Poor People’s Perspective. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 12(5), 75-80.

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