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Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos

Simon Creak


This book examines how sport and ideas of physicality have shaped the politics and culture of modern Laos. Viewing the country's extraordinary transitions—from French colonialism to royalist nationalism to revolutionary socialism to the modern development state—through the lens of physical culture, the book illuminates a nation that has no reputation in sport and is typically viewed, even from within, as a country of cheerful but lazy people. It argues that sport and related physical practices—including physical education, gymnastics, and military training—have shaped a national consciousness ... More

Keywords: Laos, sport, physical education, gymnastics, military training, 2009 Southeast Asian Games, female participation, masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838898
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Creak, author
University of Melbourne