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


The first book solely devoted to the subject of black fraternity hazing.
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The first book solely devoted to the subject of black fraternity hazing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791459768
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: SUNY Series in Afro-American Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,354,884
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Ricky L. Jones is Associate Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents



Concern, Change, and Questions
The Influence of the Ancient and Modern World on Black Greek Violence
Falsehoods and Failure: The Epistemic Domino Effect and Ethics in Greekdom


Habermas, the Public Sphere, and a Critical Approach to the Media

Problems with Habermas

BGFs, Social Movements, and Identity
The Politics of Personal Involvement: Gazing through Fraternity Men's Eyes


American Greek-Letter Fraternalism
Black Entrance into American College Life

The Exclusion of Blacks from White Greek Life

The Founding of Black Greek-Letter Fraternities

Alpha Phi Alpha
Kappa Alpha Psi
Omega Psi Phi
Phi Beta Sigma
Iota Phi Theta

BGFs' Political Involvement
The Depoliticalization of BGFs


Violence Vehicles: Rituals as Social Stabilizers
The Commonalities of Modern Fraternity Ritual
Hazing and the Symbolic Journey
The Lure of Liminality: The Ritualistic Remaking of the Self


Violence, Power, Hegemony, and Domination
Educated Gangs? To Pledge or Not to Pledge
Conservatism and Domination
BGF Ruling Blocs and the Membership Intake Epidemic


Formations of the Black Male Self

Economic Anxiety
Black Identity Fragmentation

The Self, Selves, and the Victory of Consent

Akrasia and Choice

Substitution of the Fraternal Self






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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    Something that intrigues me

    I really enjoyed this book. I think I learned more in this one book than any other book I have ever picked up. I'm not Greek, but it is a path I'm planning on taking next school year and this book gave me a lot of useful information. I recommend this to anyone who is Greek or non-Greek, and hopefully we can all come to some sort of common ground about what is going on so these organizations can continue to grow and prosper in the coming years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Shining an Informational Light on Fraternities

    Definitely a great piece for anyone who is in a fraternity or even desires to become a part of a Greek letter organization or other organization promoting African American brotherhood. It's always about why we choose to do certain things; not the things themselves. Jones is definitely analytical and its going to take a bit of an analytical mind to truly appreciate the content of the piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Solid book

    Just finished this book last night. Anyone concerned with the phenomenon of hazing in black greek groups can't find a better book. Saw one review that said the book is full of reverse racism and hate. I don't think they read it. It is scary though, not because of white people, but because it makes us face the fact that our black men in fraternities are sometimes beating each other to death (some women are joining in now, too). We've got to do something about this or our groups won't be around for long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Book is full of reverse discrimination and hate.

    Do not recommend this book to anyone. It can basically be summarized as: White people are bad, black people are good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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