Area: Modern Japanese Cultural Studies
Ph.D., University of Vienna
Office Hours: Monday 2:00PM-3:30PM
Sabine Frühstück is interested in the study of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and its relationship to the rest of the world. Her research has engaged several intellectual fields. In Colonizing Sex: Sexology and Social Control in Modern Japan she uses the methodologies of the historical and sociological study of knowledge to examine the formation and application of a “science of sex” from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. The book constitutes a history of the interplay between sexuality, scientific expertise, social control and politics.
During her research for Colonizing Sex, Frühstück became aware of the military’s enormous impact on the formation of the modern world. Subsequently, the armed forces became a second area of research. The ethnography, Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army employs gender, memory and popular culture as technologies of engagement with a number of debates that centrally involve the precarious status and condition of Japan’s contemporary military.
Frühstück’s current book-length project is a cultural history of the naturalized connections between childhood and militarism. Playing War addresses the contemporary amalgamation of militarism and entertainment (often referred to as the military-entertainment complex), or the co-production of war games for military, entertainment and therapeutic uses, as a vantage point for an analysis of the rules and regularities of war play, from the hills and along the rivers of 19th century rural Japan to the killing fields of 21st century cyberspace.
Committed to the pursuit of knowledge as an interdisciplinary and international enterprise, Frühstück has co-edited volumes on Recreating Japanese Men, Neue Geschichten der Sexualität, and The Culture of Japan as Seen Through Its Leisure. Her articles and essays have appeared in Japanese, German, French, and English.
Frühstück has been serving on the American Advisory Committee for Japanese Studies of the Japan Foundation; the North East Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies; the Executive Board of the Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung; the Board of Trustees of the Society for Japanese Studies, the editorial boards of the University of California Press, The Journal of Japanese Studies and Japan Forum, and as chair of the Executive Board of the Pacific Rim Research Program, University of California. She was a Japan Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tokyo (1998-99, 2001), a University of California President’s fellow at Berkeley (2001-2002), an external faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2005-2006), a visiting research professor at Kyoto University (2003), and a senior fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna (2010).
- 日本人の「男らしさ」 -サムライからオタクまで 「男性性」の変遷を追う。東京：明石書店、2013.
- Recreating Japanese Men, ed. Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall. Berkeley: University of California Press, October 2011.
- 不安な兵士たち ~ニッポン自衛隊研究 サビーネ・フリューシュトゥック。東京：原書房, 2008.
- Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
- Colonizing Sex: Sexology and Social Control in Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
- Neue Geschichte der Sexualität: Beispiele aus Ostasien und Zentraleuropa 1700-2000, ed. Franz X. Eder and Sabine Frühstück. Vienna: Turia & Kant, 1999.
- The Culture of Japan as Seen through Its Leisure, ed. Sepp Linhart and Sabine Frühstück. New York: State University of New York Press, 1998.
- Die Politik der Sexualwissenschaft. Zur Produktion und Popularisierung sexologischen Wissens in Japan 1908–1941 (= Beiträge zur Japanologie 34). Vienna: Institute for Japanese Studies, 1997.
Selected Articles, Reviews & Entries
- “‘The Spirit to Take Up a Gun‘: Militarizing Gender in the Imperial Army,” In Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan, ed. Andrea Germer, Vera Mackie and Ulrike Wöhr. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2014.
- “AMPO in Crisis? US Military’s Manga Offers Upbeat Take on US-Japan Relations,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, 45-3-10, November 8, 2010.
- “J-Militarisierung: ‘Go, Go, Peace,” In J-Nationalismus, ed. Jaqueline Berndt and Steffi Richter. Berlin: Konkursbuchverlag Claudia Gehrke, 2008.
- “New Conversations, New Truths: Commentary on ‘Politics and Pitfalls of Japan Ethnography: Reflexivity, Responsibility and Anthropological Ethics.” Critical Asian Studies 39/4, 2007.
- “De la militarisation de la culture impériale du Japon,” In La société japonaise devant la montée du militarisme, ed. Jean-Jacques Tschudin and Claude Hammon. Arles: Editions Picquier, 2007.
- “アヴァンギャルドとしての自衛隊一一将来の軍隊における軍事化された男らしさ一一」『人文学報』 第90号, 2004年4月, 京都大学人文科学研究所” (The Self-Defense Forces as Avant-garde: Militarized Masculinity in the Army of the Future). Jinbun Gakuho 90, 2005.
- “Male Anxieties: Nerve Force, Nation and the Power of Sexual Knowledge in Modern Japan.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 15/1, 2005.
- “Gender and Sexualities,” In: Companion to the Anthropology of Japan, ed. Jennifer Robertson. London: Blackwell, 2005.
- “‘Now We Show It All!’ Normalization and the Management of Violence in Japan’s Armed Forces.” Journal of Japanese Studies 28/1, 2002 (with Eyal Ben-Ari).
- “Managing the Truth of Sex in Imperial Japan.” Journal of Asian Studies 59/2, 2000.
- Violence and the State in Modern Japan (Japan 25, lower division)
- Culture and Society of Modern Japan (Japan 63, lower division)
- Representations of Sexuality in Modern Japan (Japan 162, upper division); cross-listed with History and Anthropology
- Modernity and the Masses in Taisho Japan (Japan 164, upper division) cross-listed with History
- Popular Culture in Japan (Japan 165, upper division)
- Japan Modern (Japan 226, graduate seminar)
- Topics in Modern East Asian Cultural Studies (EACS 215, graduate seminar)
- Modern Japanese History (two-quarter graduate research seminar, 288A and 288B).
- Independent Research Assistance (Japanese 199RA)
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan (INT 94BC, freshmen seminar)
- Men and Masculinities in Modern Japan (INT 94IA, freshman seminar)
- Growing Up in Japan (INT 94IA, freshmen seminar)
- History and Memory in the 20th Century (INT 184SF honors forum course)