Heritocide? Defining and exploring heritage crime
journal contributionposted on 2015-06-22, 12:43 authored by Louise Nicholas
The term 'heritage crime' has been recently brought into the spotlight by English Heritage-the organization tasked with protecting England's heritage assets-and is attracting an increasing amount of attention from individuals and organizations from a range of disciplines. Heritage crime includes recognized crime types (such as arson, criminal damage, theft, and graffiti) but arguably has a greater impact on the country's legacy for future generations because of the types of sites affected. This paper presents an initial examination of our understanding of heritage crime, and limitations to that knowledge. The paper contributes an initial typology to facilitate future interdisciplinary discussions of the problems facing heritage assets, and presents a possible route for expanding our ability to tackle this problem. Whilst this is an initial foray into the world of heritage crime, it is hoped that this paper will act as a stimulus for further discussion and action.
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- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies