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The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities (Gender and American Culture)

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Here is the first book to recount the full history of white college fraternities in America. Nicholas Syrett traces these organizations from their days in antebellum all-male schools to the sprawling modern-day college campus, paying special attention to 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 the formation of what Syrett calls "fraternal masculinity." He describes how men have gained prestige and respect, especially from other men, by being masculine. Many factors—such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness—have contributed to particular versions of fraternal masculinity at different times. Whatever the criteria, Syrett demonstrates the ways that fraternity brothers' masculinity has had consequences for other students on campus as well, not just through exclusion from the organizations themselves but often from college life more broadly. He argues that fraternity men have often proved their masculinity by using their classmates as foils.

Syrett also investigates the culture of sexual exploitation that had made its home in college fraternities by the early twentieth century. He offers explanations for the origins of this phenomenon and why it persists. He also recounts the hidden history of gay men who have made their home in college fraternities since the early twentieth century.

Readers will find in The Company He Keeps not only an engaging history of white college fraternities, but also an insightful account of the evolution of a much more widespread culture of youthful and sexually aggressive masculinity.

About the Author

Nicholas L. Syrett is assistant professor of history at the University of Northern Colorado.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Camaraderie and Resistance: The Founding and Function of College Fraternities

Chapter 2. The Sacred, the Secular, and the Manly

Chapter 3. Very Fraternally Yours: National Brotherhood in the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 4. Greeks and Barbs: Social Class and the Rise of the Fraternity in the Postbellum Years

Chapter 5. Fussers and Fast Women: Fraternity Men in the 1920s

Chapter 6. Democracy, Drinking, and Violence: Post-World War II Fraternities

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807832530
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
History
Author:
Syrett, Nicholas L.
Author:
Syrett
Author:
Nicholas, L.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Masculinity -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Greek letter societies -- United States.
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
a Chi; Theta Nu Epsilon;
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities; colleges; universities; college fraternities; secret societies; masculinity; gender; secrecy; rape; racism; homophobia; homoeroticism; homosexuality; hazing; initiation ritual; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Alpha Delta Phi; Psi Upsilon; Delta Psi; De
Subject:
fraternities
Subject:
Colláeges
Subject:
Universities.
Subject:
college fraternities
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Secrecy.
Subject:
Rape
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Homophobia
Subject:
homoeroticism
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Hazing.
Subject:
initiation ritual
Subject:
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Subject:
Alpha Delta Phi
Subject:
Psi Upsilon
Subject:
Delta Psi
Subject:
Delta Upsilon
Subject:
Chi Psi
Subject:
Chi Phi
Subject:
Beta Theta Pi
Subject:
Sigma Nu
Subject:
Kappa Alpha
Subject:
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Subject:
Alpha Tau Omega
Subject:
University of Michigan
Subject:
Yale University
Subject:
Princeton university
Subject:
Union College
Subject:
Columbia university
Subject:
Duke University
Subject:
University of North Carolina
Subject:
University of Illinois
Subject:
Stanford university
Subject:
University of California
Subject:
Berkeley
Subject:
Amherst College
Subject:
Dartmouth college
Subject:
Alpha Tau Omicron
Subject:
Beta Phi Zeta
Subject:
Chi Gamma Epsilon
Subject:
Eta Alpha
Subject:
Kappa Sigma
Subject:
Sigma Chi
Subject:
Sigma Phi
Subject:
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Subject:
Theta Delta Chi
Subject:
Theta Nu Epsilon
Subject:
Theta Nu Epsil
Subject:
on
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Subject:
Alp
Subject:
ha Tau Omicron
Subject:
Universi
Subject:
ty of North Carolina
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 in

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