Church theft, insecurity, and community justice: the reality of source-end regulation of the market for illicit bolivian cultural objects

Yates, D. (2014) Church theft, insecurity, and community justice: the reality of source-end regulation of the market for illicit bolivian cultural objects. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 20(4), pp. 445-457. (doi:10.1007/s10610-014-9232-z)

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Abstract

In 2012 two men were lynched in Bolivia, first because there is an illicit market for Bolivian cultural objects, and second because a small, poor community turned to desperate measures to protect themselves from that illicit market due to the failings of national and international regulation. This paper is a case study of the reality of source-end regulation of an international criminal market in a developing country. I will discuss what is known about thefts from Bolivian churches, the international market for items stolen from these churches, and how such thefts are meant to be prevented on-the ground. Following this, I will present lynching in Bolivia as the most severe community response to the issues created by local politics, ineffectual policing, unenforceable laws, and a history of oppressive racism. I will conclude with a discussion of what we can reasonably hope to accomplish with source-end regulation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yates, Dr Donna
Authors: Yates, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN:0928-1371
ISSN (Online):1572-9869

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