Uneasy Warriors presents a rare and intimate view into the psychological and social workings of the Self-Defense Forces. As the first scholar permitted to participate in basic Self-Defense Forces training, Frühstück offers a firsthand look at an army trained for combat that nevertheless serves nontraditional military needs. She expertly describes their ambiguous status, revealing insights gained from several years of sustained research, including a stint "in uniform" at an army base near Mt. Fuji.
Sabine Frühstück is Professor and the Koichi Takashima Chair in Japanese Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She studies modern and contemporary Japanese culture and its relations to other parts of the world. She enjoys building synergies, rethinking the conventions of scholarly work, and probing national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. Among her most recent publications are Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan (Cambridge UP, 2022), Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan (University of California Press, 2017), and articles in Emotions: History, Culture, Society, Asian Anthropology, and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.