How to chase a monkey: Scare tactics and crop protection in rural Japan

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This paper is about the reform of the farmer’s chase response to crop-damaging monkeys in Japan. It focuses on a campaign to transform this response, known as oiharai, from a simple field-side act of expulsion into a collective, extended and high-threat (but non-lethal) pursuit aimed at deterring future monkey visits. A number of problems with the reform are identified, including, most fundamentally, a shortage of residents in today’s depopulated, ageing villages able to do the chasing. In order to overcome this obstacle, attempts are made to boost this depleted chase capacity using (human and nonhuman) surrogate chasers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociety and Animals
Publication statusAccepted - 01 Jan 2020

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