Art and crime

Mackenzie, S. (2016) Art and crime. In: The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Series: Wiley series of encyclopedias in criminology and criminal justice. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester, West Sussex. ISBN 9781118519714 (doi:10.1002/9781118519639.wbecpx030)

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The relationship between art and crime can be analyzed under two major headings, representing the current trends in criminological research on the topic. First, there are crimes against or involving non-archaeological artistic works, such as the theft or faking of paintings. Works of art can be extremely attractive as targets for crime, given their sometimes very high financial value and relative portability. Theft of art is a regular occurrence, ranging from thefts from private residences and smaller galleries all the way up to very high-value thefts from major institutions. Faking of art is also common, and passing off fakes as originals is a type of fraud. Second, there is the hot contemporary debate around archaeologically important cultural objects, looted from temples and tombs and trafficked to international markets to be sold as artworks. This is a global issue which involves a range of crimes along the supply chain including theft, smuggling, and handling stolen goods.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Simon
Authors: Mackenzie, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell

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