Originally published in 1982 Cheats at Work looks at occupations from an anthropological point of view, using a similar format to analysis of cultures in the study of anthropology. The author uses an extensive set of quotations drawn from over a hundred informants at all social levels. The interviews reveal a distinct set of ideologies and attitudes from various occupations. The book looks specifically at cheating, lying and deception in various occupations, and the interviews reveal how and why people cheat, and deceive their customers and clients, how they learn the concealed tricks and professions and how they justify this.
Table of Contents
Foreword, James Cornford
Preface, Mary Douglas
Introduction: Cheats at Work
Part I: Who Gets What, How and From Where?
1. A Classification of Occupations and their Associated Fields
2. Hawk Jobs
3. Donkey Jobs
4. Wolfpack Jobs
5. Vulture Jobs
6. Fiddle Factors and Fiddle-Proneness
Part II: The Wider Implications
7. Fiddling as a Crime
8. Some Implications for Industrial Relations
9. Some Economic and Political Implications