Whistleblowing and the Sociological Imagination

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This authoritative book explores cases of whistleblowing from around the world, with a focus on cases in South Africa. Whistleblowing is a vital tool in the fight against corruption and other forms of organizational wrongdoing. The author develops a sociology of whistleblowing by employing C. Wright Mills' concept of the sociological imagination that examines the private troubles and public issues related to whistleblowing. Organizational wrongdoing is a public issue that the whistleblower tries to expose so that it can be corrected and whistleblowing also is a personal trouble that can have devastating consequences for the whistleblower and his/her family, friends, and colleagues. After analyzing whistleblowing in terms of the personal troubles and public issues, this engrossing book considers ways in which whistleblowers and organizations could be supported to promote the public interest while mitigating the possible negative consequences for whistleblowers, organizations and our societies. This book is a must read for policymakers, researchers, whistleblowers and those who are interested in a just society.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages252
ISBN (Electronic)9781137394453
ISBN (Print)9781137399717
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2021


  • Business
  • Business ethics
  • Ethics
  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Nation
  • Organization
  • Organizations
  • Personal
  • Philosophy
  • Social science
  • Sociology
  • Theory
  • Whistleblowing
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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