Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking
"A grim... exposé by hazing expert Nuwer of the continuing yet largely unacknowledged crisis of death and injury among fraternity and sorority pledges.... [F]or its sustained examination of these rarely questioned traditions, Nuwer’s work is invaluable." —Kirkus Reviews
What forces young men and women to accept inhuman and degrading rituals in order to belong to a social club, sorority, or fraternity? Why do college administrators and Greek fraternities and sororities continue to allow practices that risk death or permanent psychological damage? Hank Nuwer confronts these questions in this hard-hitting, heartfelt look at the dark side of college fraternal life, newly updated for this paperback edition. Nuwer takes a broad look at the problem, examining its fundamental legal and historical roots and describing many instances of abuse and criminal behavior. A moving chronology lists the names of students who have died as a result of hazing activities in the U.S. from 1838 to 2001. The book concludes with Nuwer’s recommendations for reform.
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Furthering the work he started with Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing (LJ 11/15/90), Nuwer continues telling the stories of those injured and killed by fraternity rituals, including beatings ... Read full review
CAN YOU REALLY BLAME SO CALLED HAZING ON CHRISTIANITY? IT'S LIFE. CAN YOU BLAME CHRISTIANITY FOR SOME OF THE BAD THAT HAPPENS TO YOU IN LIFE? IF YOU BUILD A HOUSE WITH JUST THE OUTSIDE WALLS, THERE WILL BE A BIG DIFFERENCE THAN WHEN YOU PARTITION OF THE WALLED AREAS TO BE USED SPECIFICALLY SO. IN THE WORLD, IT IS ONE THING, IN LIFE IT IS ANOTHER. THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND IS MORE OR LESS ACCEPTING TO IT'S INHABITANTS, BUT, LIFE IS A HARD TASK MASTER AND UNLIKE GOD THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD, LIFE IS A RESPECTOR OF PERSONS AND IS VERY SELECTIVE. WE SEE FRAT OR SOROITY GROUPS AND BLAME THIS FOR THE PROBLEM, BUT, THE FACT IS WHEREEVER WE ARE IN GROUPS, WE WILL FIND THIS NEED TO DEAL WITH THE BODY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL LIKE AND THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE VERY UNPLEASANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BODILY CONTACT THAT IS NOT A SPORT IN THIS CASE, BUT, IS LIFE, LIFE UP CLOSE. THE REASON THE SLAVE WAS MISTREATED IN AMERICA WAS THE SAME AS HAZING IN A FRATERNITY OR SOROITY. IT HAPPENS IN NEIGHBORHOODS, IT HAPPENS ON JOBS AND CHRUCHES ARE NOTORIOUS ABOUT WHAT IS CALLED HAZING, ALTHOUGH IT MAY RESULT IN SPIRITUAL ABUSE INSTEAD OF PHYSICAL ABUSE, BUT, THE ABUSE IS FORTHCOMING. IT BREAKS UP RELATIONSHIPS, IT KILLS, IT BREAKS UP FRIENDSHIPS AND HAZING IS SIMPLY A WAY OF CALLING ATTENTION THIS KIND OF PREJUDICIAL ABUSE THAT IS MORE GENERAL THAN IS USUALLY REPORTED. AGAIN, DOING THE RIGHT THING IS ALWAYS A REMEDY.
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