Illicit Deals in Cultural Objects as Crimes of the Powerful

Mackenzie, S. (2011), ‘Illicit Deals in Cultural Objects as Crimes of the Powerful’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 56, 133-53.

Research with dealers at the market end of the global chain of supply of cultural objects leads to the suggestion that the analytical framework associated with the concept of ‘crimes of the powerful’ can be useful in helping us to understand the role of dealers in driving the market, and in focussing our attention on the difficulties of engaging with the illicit trade through a conventional criminal justice approach. This paper explores the nature of the power that is associated with high-level antiquities dealers, and considers its regulatory implications.