High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongsby Hank Nuwer
"High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" is a comprehensive look at these teenage initiation practices. It also examines hazing and pledging/i>
Newcomers-football rookies, new cheerleaders, the freshman class, gang recruits, and fraternity pledges-must often endure pointless, humiliating, sometimes dangerous rituals to gain membership in a group.
"High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" is a comprehensive look at these teenage initiation practices. It also examines hazing and pledging activities in college fraternities, which have caused at least one death a year since 1970 and threaten to trickle down to high school groups. It also examines some college athletic hazing incidents, including the death of Nick Haben at Western Illinois University in 1990.
In this timely book, I cover the definition and history of hazing; actual high school (and some collegiate) hazing incidents across the country; psychological explanations for "groupthink"; hazing in high school/college athletic teams; the deadly combination of hazing and alcohol; gang initiations; and hazing and the law.
The book's final chapter offers fifteen specific ways for teenagers (and adults) to begin to attack and eradicate hazing. Also included is a listing of antihazing organizations with contact information. "I hope you, the reader, will agree that "High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" is an invaluable, eye-opening contribution to a better understanding of the unnecessary and potentially deadly practices that many teenagers-and adults-still consider harmless pranks." Because hazing emphasizes conformity, individuals who differ from the crowd because of their independent thinking, sexual orientation, appearance, or race seldom fare well in mass initiations. Some hazed students can even experience a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition soldiers in combat sometimes suffer from when exposed to horror, terror, or shame.
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