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

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SUNY Press, Jan 19, 2004 - Education - 158 pages
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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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Contents

CHAPTER
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CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER THREE
25
CHAPTER FOUR
47
CHAPTER FIVE
67
CHAPTER
95
CHAPTER SEVEN
113
NOTES
129
BIBLIOGRAPHY
143
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Ricky L. Jones is Associate Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.

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