Playing war : children and the paradoxes of modern militarism in Japan / Sabine Frühstück
- Frühstück, Sabine
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Introduction : the vulnerability hypothesis -- Part I. Playing War. Field games -- Paper battles -- Part II. Picturing war. The moral authority of innocence -- Queering war -- Epilogue : the rule of babies in pink.
- "For over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. Playing War argues that modern conceptions of war insist on and exploit a specific and static notion of the child: that the child, though the embodiment of vulnerability and innocence, nonetheless possesses an inherent will to war, and that this seemingly contradictory creature demonstrates what it means to be human. In examining the intersection of children/childhood with war/military, Sabine Frühstück identifies the insidious factors perpetuating this alliance, thus rethinking the very foundations of modern militarism. She also interrogates how essentialist notions of both childhood and war have been productively intertwined; how assumptions about childhood and war have converged; and how children and childhood have worked as symbolic constructions and powerful rhetorical tools, particularly in the decades between the nation and empire-building efforts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries up to the uneven manifestations of globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first."--Provided by publisher.
- 9780520295445 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 0520295447 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 9780520295452 paperback ; alkaline paper, and 0520295455 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-257) and index.
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