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Publisher Comments:

"Serious books about fraternity life are few, and it merits prominent placement in the stacks of collegiate libraries."

-Men and Masculinities "Long shrouded in baroque mystery, the collegiate fraternity has never before been the subject of such a clear, sensible, and grounded historical study. Nicholas Syrett's meticulous research draws back the curtain on these bastions of white male privilege, without solely celebrating their camaraderie nor condemning the cold cruelties on which it has historically rested."--Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History "This is a well-researched and often provocative look at the changing role that fraternities have played on American campuses during two centuries of college life."--Paula Fass, author of The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s "The Company He Keeps is a study about broad themes and trends over time in American culture, seen through the lens of fraternity life and through the desires and drives of a particular (important) segment of the American population. I became engrossed in its pages and found myself both thinking and talking about Syrett's arguments. His attention to social anxiety, to competition, to the values of capitalism and business, and to masculinity is particularly intriguing. A thoroughly engaging book."--Diana Turk, author of Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, 1870-1920

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Tracing the history of white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to modern-day college campus, Syrett reveals how fraternity brothers have defined masculinity over the course of their 180-year history. Based on extensive research at 12 different schools and analyzing 20 national fraternities, this book explores many factors--such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness--that have contributed to versions of fraternal masculinity at different times.

About the Author

Nicholas L. Syrett is assistant professor of history and director of graduate studies 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:
9780807859315
Author:
Syrett, Nicholas L.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Nicholas L. Sy
Author:
rett
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Gender Studies
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:
Education-Higher Education
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 illus.
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Tracing the history of white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to modern-day college campus, Syrett reveals how fraternity brothers have defined masculinity over the course of their 180-year history. Based on extensive research at 12 different schools and analyzing 20 national fraternities, this book explores many factors--such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness--that have contributed to versions of fraternal masculinity at different times.
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