Museum malpractice as corporate crime? The case of the J. Paul Getty Museum
Brodie, N., and Bowman Proulx, B. (2013), ‘Museum malpractice as corporate crime? The case of the J. Paul Getty Museum’, Journal of Crime and Justice
Within a corporate criminological framework, this paper examines the antiquities acquisition policies and activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum particularly during the curatorship of Marion True, whose indictment by the Italian government was part of a broader investigation into the trade of illicitly obtained Italian antiquities. Specifically, we employ two theoretical perspectives – that of differential association and anomie – to examine malpractice among Getty officers and suggest that both museum cultures and the psychology of collecting may in fact be criminogenic. In light of such criminological insight, we conclude the paper with suggestions for broad reforms of museum governance.