Chapter

After Heroism

Sabine Frühstück

in Recreating Japanese Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267374
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950320 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267374.003.0005
After Heroism

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This chapter examines how individual soldiers in Japan navigate their militarized masculinity in conjunction with a set of contradictions linked with the notion of the “normal state”. It discusses how individual soldiers in their everyday lives negotiate the contradictory messages of the “normal” while attempting to personify “real” soldierhood and manhood. It also discusses how these men deal with the tensions between the combat training they receive and the risk they are required to take in order to save the lives of others.

Keywords: soldiers; Japan; militarized masculinity; soldierhood; manhood

Chapter.  8701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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