Synopses & Reviews
What 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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -306) and index.
Table of Contents
The tradition -- Greekthink -- Alcohol misuse -- A weed in the garden of academe -- Greek traditions and tragedies -- Sororities -- The law and hazing -- Violence in historically African American Greek groups -- Strategies: what can be done?