The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Social Science - 432 pages
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Tracing the full history of traditionally white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to the sprawling modern-day college campus, Nicholas Syrett reveals how fraternity brothers have defined masculinity over the course of their 180-year history. Based on extensive research at twelve different schools and analyzing at least twenty national fraternities, The Company He Keeps explores many factors--such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness--that have contributed to particular versions of fraternal masculinity at different times. Syrett demonstrates the ways that fraternity brothers' masculinity has had consequences for other students on campus as well, emphasizing the exclusion of different groups of classmates and the sexual exploitation of female college students.

 

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Review: The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Thoroughly researched; thoroughly dry. The introductory chapter lead me to believe that the 'history' would extend to the present. On one hand, many of the significant events of the 21st century have ... Read full review

Review: The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities

User Review  - Lizzy - Goodreads

Really interesting thesis. I am tempted to criticize the breadth of his research, but that's just picking nits, really. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Founding and Function of College Fraternities
13
Chapter 2 The Sacred the Secular and the Manly
51
National Brotherhood in the Nineteenth Century
79
Social Class and the Rise of the Fraternity in the Postbellum Years
121
Fraternity Men in the 1920s
183
PostWorld War II Fraternities
229
Conclusion
285
Notes
307
Bibliography
373
Index
401
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Nicholas L. Syrett is assistant professor of history and director of graduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

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