Heritage, crisis, and community crime prevention in Nepal

Yates, D. and Mackenzie, S. (2018) Heritage, crisis, and community crime prevention in Nepal. International Journal of Cultural Property, 25(2), pp. 203-221. (doi:10.1017/S0940739118000140)

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Abstract

Following Nepal's 2015 earthquake there was speculation that sacred art would be looted from the ruins of severely damaged temples due to breakdown in formal security. Although pillage did not immediately occur, the months following the earthquake have seen the theft of sacred heritage items. As Nepali sacred art remains under threat of theft, we explore the processes by which government intervention can be destructive of the community dynamic that maintains local crime prevention on an informal and unofficial level. Can situational crime prevention measures when imposed in a top-down fashion upon communities by state actors be corrosive of collective efficacy, and therefore ultimately self-defeating in crime prevention terms? The case of post-quake Nepal seems to suggest that the answer to this question is, in some circumstances, yes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yates, Dr Donna and Mackenzie, Professor Simon
Authors: Yates, D., and Mackenzie, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Cultural Property
Publisher:Cambridge University Press on behalf of the International Cultural Property Society
ISSN:0940-7391
ISSN (Online):1465-7317
Published Online:21 June 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 International Cultural Property Society
First Published:First published in International Journal of Cultural Property 25(2):203-221
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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