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

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A grim... expose 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 ReviewsWhat 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 24 b&w photos
  • 025321498X
  • 9780253214980
  • 2,058,296

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"A grim... expose by hazing expert Nuwer of the continuing yet largely unacknowledged crisis of death and injury among fraternity and sorority pledges... Nuwer is authoritative and insightful on this subject... this makes clear that a good number of easily led youngsters incur grave risks in the supposedly supportive, 'fun' environment of collegiate Greek life, and for its sustained examination of these rarely questioned traditions, Nuwer's work is invaluable." - Kirkus Reviews "Extremely well researched, with lots of interviews with victims of hazing... " - Library Journalshow more

Table of contents

PrologueSelected Listing of Key Persons and Fraternal OrganizationsGlossaryAcknowledgments 1. The Tradition 2. Greekthink 3. Alcohol Misuse 4. A Weed in the Garden of Academe 5. Greek Traditions and Tragedies 6. Sororities 7. The Law and Hazing 8. Violence in Historically African American Greek Groups 9. Strategies: What Can Be Done?Appendix A: A Chronology of Deaths among College Students as a Result ofHazing, Fraternal Alcohol Syndrome, Pledging, Fraternity-Related Accidents, and Other Miscellaneous OccurrencesAppendix B: Where to Find Help and InformationNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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