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Embodied NationSport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos$
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Simon Creak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838898

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838898.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Embodied Nation

Simon Creak

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter examines how the ubiquity of physical practices in modern Laos demonstrates the extraordinary reach of physical culture in colonial and postcolonial societies and a global interconnectedness that belies the image of an isolated or “untouched” Laos. These practices have arisen from and shaped an ever-present concern with physicality, which has repeatedly been transformed by the cosmologies, epistemologies, and ideologies that have shaped modern Laos. Thus, the chapter takes a look at Lao history and historiography, the concepts of physicality and masculinity in culture, and—tying both subjects together—sport and physical culture in Laos. Finally, this chapter discusses how colonialism has promoted the physical culture in Laos.

Keywords:   physical culture, sports culture, sports, colonialism, Laos, physicality, modern Laos, masculinity

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