Psychosocial Balance Sheets: Illicit Purchase Decisions in the Antiquities Market

Mackenzie, S. (2006) Psychosocial Balance Sheets: Illicit Purchase Decisions in the Antiquities Market. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 18(2), pp. 221-240.

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The article examines the relationship between mechanism and context with regards to the purchasing decisions made by dealers in the antiquities market. It also explores the dealers' perceptions of the ethics of their trade. According to the author, the concept of techniques of neutralization as cognitive and discursive elements of personal accounts of action has become broadly accepted. There has been an increasing legal attention in the recent history of the antiquities market, catalyzed by a shift in the socio-cultural context of the issue. The communicative structure of the market is of a discourse which supplies neutralizing forms of language capable of affecting the choices of buyers through their entry in personal ethical and social balance sheets

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Antiquities, Business Ethics, Criminology, Distributors (Commerce), Ethics, Financial Statements, Justice, Neutralization Theory, Research
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Simon
Authors: Mackenzie, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Current Issues in Criminal Justice

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