New Methods of Mapping
This study examines the application of a human-agent based network to the illegal trade in antiquities. Specifically, this study tests whether the hierarchical pyramidal structure proposed by law enforcement in the case of Giacomo Medici’s trafficking ring is accurate. The results of the analysis reveal discrepancies in perceptions of how antiquities trafficking networks are organized, how they operate, and how cultural patterns and representation of criminal activity influence the perception of such network structures.
KeywordsIllegal Antiquities Market Social Network Analysis Network Theory Ucinet Anthropology Economics Criminology Law
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