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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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Embodying Military Masculinity

Embodying Military Masculinity

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Embodied Nation

Simon Creak

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the militarization and masculinization of Lao society after 1945. Although Laos' first military units were formed during the war, it was during the First Indochina War, into which Laos was inexorably drawn, that the Lao army blossomed. Rapid militarization not only produced abundant new career opportunities for Lao men, but also created new notions of what it was to be a man in Laos. A critical aspect of this masculine ideal concerned the body—its size, strength, and solidarity with others. The development of these characteristics was promoted in military training and military life more generally. At the same time, the emergence of militarized masculinity during these years revealed the critical junction of gender and nationalism.

Keywords:   militarization, masculinization, Lao military, Lao army, gender, nationalism, militarized masculinity

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