Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking

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Indiana University Press, 2001 - Social Science - 360 pages
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What forces young men and women to accept inhuman and degrading rituals in order to belong to a social club, sorority, or fraternity? Are they the same forces that have made college binge drinking a national epidemic? Why do college administrators and Greek fraternities and sororities continue to allow practices that frequently lead to death or permanent psychological damage? Hank Nuwer confronts these questions in this look at the dark side of college fraternal life. In a previous book, Broken Pledges, Nuwer told the story of the alcohol-related death of Chuck Stenzel at Alfred University. Nuwer hoped that the book, which received wide media attention, would lead to an end to hazing and binge drinking. It did not. In Wrongs of Passage, he takes a broader look at the problem, examining its fundamental legal and historical roots and describing many instances of abuse and criminal behavior. In Plato, Nuwer finds the first written account of hazing rituals. His overview of hazing and initiation rights in other cultures, includes a history of North American fraternities and sororities.
  

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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

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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. 

Contents

Greekthink
31
Alcohol Misuse
57
A Weed in the Garden of Academe
92
Greek Traditions and Tragedies
116
Sororities
140
The Law and Hazing
159
Violence in Historically African American Greek Groups
176
What Can Be Done?
194
A Chronology of Deaths among College Students as a Result
237
Where to Find Help and Information
281
Notes
287
Works Cited
305
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Hank Nuwer, Hank Nuwer is best known for his writing on hazing as a social problem and lectures at colleges. He worked as a freelance journalist for NYT Sunday Magazine, Harper's, and Outside. He has authored books on subjects that include hazing and steroids, but he has also written books in the children's category. Some of those titles include: "Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking" (1999), "High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" (1999), and "The Legend of Jesse Owens" (1998).

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