The cultural capitalists: Notes on the ongoing reconfiguration of trafficking culture in Asia


Out Open Access in in the journal Crime, Media Culture.

Free for you and everyone else, a new journal article on changes in illicit antiquities flows in Asia by Simon Mackenzie, Emiline Smith, and myself (Donna Yates). Check it out:


Most analysis of the international flows of the illicit art market has described a global situation in which a postcolonial legacy of acquisition and collection exploits cultural heritage by pulling it westwards towards major international trade nodes in the USA and Europe. As the locus of consumptive global economic power shifts, however, these traditional flows are pulled in other directions: notably for the present commentary, towards and within Asia.


Art crime, cultural heritage, cultural property, illicit antiquities, trafficking