The Hazing Reader

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Despite numerous highly publicized incidents and widespread calls for reform, hazing continues to plague many of the nation's colleges and universities. In this volume, noted expert Hank Nuwer presents 15 classic or never-before-published articles to help all of us, parents and professionals alike, better understand the culture of hazing. The collection, which includes contributions from Stephen Sweet, Michael V. W. Gordon, Walter M. Kimbrough, Lionel Tiger, and others, looks at hazing behavior in fraternal ...
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Overview

Despite numerous highly publicized incidents and widespread calls for reform, hazing continues to plague many of the nation's colleges and universities. In this volume, noted expert Hank Nuwer presents 15 classic or never-before-published articles to help all of us, parents and professionals alike, better understand the culture of hazing. The collection, which includes contributions from Stephen Sweet, Michael V. W. Gordon, Walter M. Kimbrough, Lionel Tiger, and others, looks at hazing behavior in fraternal organizations (including sororities and traditionally black fraternities), high schools, the military, and sports. There are also chapters on hazing and the law, hazing injuries, and hazing and gender. Lastly, the book lays out steps for transforming the culture of hazing.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Forced drinking, long periods of sleep and hygiene deprivation, public humiliation (often involving nudity or vomiting), enforced servitude, verbal abuse, sexual assault, tortuous physical abuse: although this sounds like a litany of abuses in a book about the treatment of political prisoners or activities of religious cults dominated by sociopaths, these behaviors constitute the time-honored customs of some sports teams, military units, and Greek fraternities and sororities. Every so often public awareness is jolted by stories of ugly and sometimes deadly hazing rituals. New policies are made, public apologies are sometimes offered and life goes on as usual until the next disaster strikes in the form of the death of a student from severe alcohol poisoning or perhaps hypothermia. Nuwer, a hazing researcher and journalism professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, brings together an impressive array of experts from student affairs, professional sports, cultural studies, psychology, medicine and law to shed light on the seemingly ineradicable culture of hazing. Some of the chapters, including an important one on ritual violence in black fraternities, explore the problem's anthropological and historical roots. Several examine the psychological and addictive effects of modern initiation rites. Others highlight case studies and interviews with survivors and document institutional coverups and denials. Most important, this thorough and impressive, if occasionally redundant, collection hopes to mobilize public opinion to enact reforms aimed at forever eliminating the destructive, alcohol-saturated culture of hazing and its "wrongs of passage." (Jan.) Forecast: The high-profile hazing events in the news-including this summer's brutal incident at a Pennsylvania high school football camp-could get this book additional media coverage and should help sales. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Hazing is an all-encompassing term that generally involves pledges performing various tasks that when successfully accomplished allow for membership in some group (e.g., fraternities and sororities). It is also among the more deadly deviant acts found on college campuses, military bases, and the playing field. Hazing has been around for centuries and remains a hot topic in contemporary times. The author of such books as Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking and High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs, Nuwer edits and contributes to this reader, which contains 15 pieces on the culture of hazing, some well known and others never before published. Topics include hazing in fraternal organizations, military hazing, hazing and athletics, hazing and the law, hazing injuries, and hazing and gender. This manuscript is not only timely but informative and provides a comprehensive review of the many standard issues surrounding hazing. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at Oswego Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"... not only timely but informative and provides a comprehensive review of the many standard issues surrounding hazing. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253216540
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,450,426
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Franklin College and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. His books include Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking (IUP, 1999) and High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs. He lives in Indianapolis.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Exterminating the Frat Rats xiii
A Chronology of Hazing Events xxv
1. Understanding Fraternity Hazing 1
2. Males Courting Males 14
3. Groupthink 19
4. Cult-like Hazing 27
5. Hazing and Alcohol in a College Fraternity 51
6. Pledging and Hazing in African-American Fraternities and Sororities 106
7. Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledging 110
8. Troubled Times in a New England University's Fraternity System 130
9. A Sorority Executive's Perspective on Hazing: A Conversation with Holiday Hart McKiernan 137
10. Military Hazing 141
11. Rites of Passage and Group Bonding in the Canadian Airborne 147
12. Traumatic Injuries Caused by Hazing 171
13. A Carolina Soccer Initiation 184
14. Hazing and Sport and the Law 200
15. Institutional Liability and Hazing--Mainly Athletics-Related 224
16. Initiating Change: Transforming a Hazing Culture 252
17. Hazing and Gender: Analyzing the Obvious 275
Appendix Hazing Information Resources 295
References 297
Contributors 307
Index 311
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