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Scarecrows and Scapegoats: The Futility and Power of Cleaning a Landscape

Betz-Heinemann, Khalil 'Avi' Abraham Vernon, Tzanopoulos, Joseph (2020) Scarecrows and Scapegoats: The Futility and Power of Cleaning a Landscape. Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, . ISSN 2399-7117. (doi:10.5334/wwwj.33) (KAR id:83786)


This paper investigates why the culling of corvids in Northern Cyprus continues despite it being recognised by those that do it as ineffective. Participant observation, semi-structured interviews and archival research were conducted with a range of people involved in the management and practice of culling. The analysis shows that the introduction of the ruined landscape narrative to Cyprus during the era of British colonialism established a division between civilized and uncivilized, clean, and dirty behaviours amongst nonhuman animals. This relationship has been carried through into contemporary wildlife management by organisations involved in hunting who seek to maintain a clean hunting landscape through culling. However, it is argued here that this culling is futile and there is a disconnect between the effectiveness of the management of the landscape and what hunters are witnessing during hunting. Nonetheless, it continues because the cleaning of corvids as administratively recorded waste demonstrates the organisations’ and their administrative medium’s power and control over the landscape.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5334/wwwj.33
Uncontrolled keywords: environmental management, wildlife management, pest management, hunting studies, social anthropology, corvids
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Signature Themes: Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment, Migration and Movement
Depositing User: Khalil Betz-Heinemann
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 22:17 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 05:23 UTC
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