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Art Vandalism and Guardianship in US Art Institutions

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School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Department of Sociology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Received: 13 April 2018 / Revised: 24 May 2018 / Accepted: 11 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Art Crime Research (2018))
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Abstract

Art crime scholars and art world professionals constantly grapple with determining the most effective methods by which to reduce and prevent victimization by art vandals. Despite the numerous accounts of this form of criminality, there is a dearth of empirical studies focused on the security and care of art collections. Using Routine Activities Theory to guide the research, the present study explores the relationship between social and physical guardianship practices and the prevalence of art vandalism using questionnaire data collected from 111 American art museums and art galleries. The results indicate an overwhelming lack of association between the majority of the guardianship measures and vandalism victimization, a pattern consistent with the possibility that social and physical guardianship practices are not implemented until after an act of vandalism has already occurred. View Full-Text
Keywords: art vandalism; guardianship; routine activities theory; art museums; art galleries art vandalism; guardianship; routine activities theory; art museums; art galleries
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Salomon, K.; Roelfs, D.J.; Schroeder, R.; Morrin, P.; Begley, J. Art Vandalism and Guardianship in US Art Institutions. Arts 2018, 7, 23.

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