The Book Trafficking Culture: New Directions in Researching the Global Market in Illicit Antiquities by Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie and Donna Yates with the collaboration of Christos Tsirogiannis was published on September 2019. It gathers experts who have participated in NETCHER events, and outlines the current state of research and reflection on the illicit market in antiquities.
Throughout its eight chapters, it analyses the role and dynamics of the trafficking chain, from source to market. The authors compare and contrast the trade in illicit antiquities with other ‘transnational criminal markets’ such as trafficking in diamonds, drugs or wildlife, and they provide in addition a series of recommendations about practical actions to be taken to reduce this crime in the future.
The book adopts a criminological approach to tackle the issue of illicit trade and it generates an innovative and productive discourse between criminologists and archaeologists. It is therefore a vital resource for academics and professionals working in the fields of criminology, archaeology, art history and cultural heritage.
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