Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities

Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities

by Ricky L. Jones
     
 

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As a fraternity member, past chapter president, and former national committee representative, Ricky L. Jones is uniquely qualified to write about the sometimes deadly world of black fraternity hazing. Examining five major black Greek-letter fraternities, Jones maintains that hazing rituals within these fraternities are more deeply ingrained, physically violent, and… See more details below

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As a fraternity member, past chapter president, and former national committee representative, Ricky L. Jones is uniquely qualified to write about the sometimes deadly world of black fraternity hazing. Examining five major black Greek-letter fraternities, Jones maintains that hazing rituals within these fraternities are more deeply ingrained, physically violent, and imbued with meaning to their participants than the initiation rites of other ethnic groups.

Because they do not see themselves as having the same political, social, and economic opportunities as other members of society, black fraternities and their members have come to see the ability to withstand physical abuse as the key ingredient in building and defining manhood. According to Jones, hazing in black fraternities is a modern manifestation of sacrificial ritual violence that has existed since ancient times, and the participants view such rituals as an important tool in the construction of individual and collective black male identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791459768
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
SUNY Series in Afro-American Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.43(d)

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