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The hazing reader
Nuwer, Hank.
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2004]

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xxvii, 314 pages ; 24 cm
Understanding fraternity hazing / Stephen Sweet -- Males courting males / Lionel Tiger -- Groupthink / Irving L. Janis -- Cult-like hazing / Hank Nuwer -- Hazing and alcohol in a college fraternity / James C. Arnold -- Pledging and hazing in African-American fraternities and sororities / D. Jason DeSousa, Michael V. W. Gordon, Walter M. Kimbrough -- Examining violence in Black fraternity pledging / Ricky L. Jones -- Troubled times in a New England university's fraternity system / Jonathan R. Farr -- A sorority executive's perspective on hazing: a conversation with Holiday Hart McKiernan / conducted by Hank Nuwer -- Military hazing / Hank Nuwer -- Rites of passage and group bonding in the Canadian Airborne / Donna Winslow -- Traumatic injuries caused by hazing / Michelle A. Finkel, M. D. -- A Carolina soccer initiation / Gregory Danielson, Hank Nuwer -- Hazing and sport and the law / R. Brian Crow, Scott R. Rosner -- Institutional liability and hazing: mainly athletics-related / R. Brian Crow, Scott R. Rosner -- Initiating change: transforming a hazing culture / Susan VanDeventer Iverson, Elizabeth J. Allan -- Hazing and gender: analyzing the obvious / Elizabeth J. Allan.
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Despite numerous highly publicized incidents and widespread calls for reform, hazing continues to plague many of the nation's institutions. In this volume, noted hazing researcher Hank Nuwer presents 15 classic or never-before-published essays that can help all of us, parent and professional alike, better understand the culture of hazing. The collection, which includes contributions from such experts as Michael Gordon, Walter Kimbrough, Stephen Sweet, and Lionel Tiger, looks at hazing behavior in fraternal organizations (including sororities and traditionally black fraternities), high school, the military, and sports. There are also chapters on hazing and the law, hazing injuries, and hazing and gender. Lastly, the book lays out steps for transforming a culture of hazing and offers suggestions for further reading.

Author Notes

Hank Nuwer is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Franklin College and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His books include Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking (IUP, 1999) and High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs. He lives in Indianapolis.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Forced drinking, long periods of sleep and hygiene deprivation, public humiliation (often involving nudity or vomiting), enforced servitude, verbal abuse, sexual assault, tortuous physical abuse: although this sounds like a litany of abuses in a book about the treatment of political prisoners or activities of religious cults dominated by sociopaths, these behaviors constitute the time-honored customs of some sports teams, military units, and Greek fraternities and sororities. Every so often public awareness is jolted by stories of ugly and sometimes deadly hazing rituals. New policies are made, public apologies are sometimes offered and life goes on as usual until the next disaster strikes in the form of the death of a student from severe alcohol poisoning or perhaps hypothermia. Nuwer, a hazing researcher and journalism professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, brings together an impressive array of experts from student affairs, professional sports, cultural studies, psychology, medicine and law to shed light on the seemingly ineradicable culture of hazing. Some of the chapters, including an important one on ritual violence in black fraternities, explore the problem's anthropological and historical roots. Several examine the psychological and addictive effects of modern initiation rites. Others highlight case studies and interviews with survivors and document institutional coverups and denials. Most important, this thorough and impressive, if occasionally redundant, collection hopes to mobilize public opinion to enact reforms aimed at forever eliminating the destructive, alcohol-saturated culture of hazing and its "wrongs of passage." (Jan.) Forecast: The high-profile hazing events in the news-including this summer's brutal incident at a Pennsylvania high school football camp-could get this book additional media coverage and should help sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hazing is an all-encompassing term that generally involves pledges performing various tasks that when successfully accomplished allow for membership in some group (e.g., fraternities and sororities). It is also among the more deadly deviant acts found on college campuses, military bases, and the playing field. Hazing has been around for centuries and remains a hot topic in contemporary times. The author of such books as Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking and High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs, Nuwer edits and contributes to this reader, which contains 15 pieces on the culture of hazing, some well known and others never before published. Topics include hazing in fraternal organizations, military hazing, hazing and athletics, hazing and the law, hazing injuries, and hazing and gender. This manuscript is not only timely but informative and provides a comprehensive review of the many standard issues surrounding hazing. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at Oswego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Hank NuwerStephen SweetLionel TigerIrving L. JanisHank NuwerJames C. ArnoldD. Jason DeSousa and Michael V. W. Gordon and Walter M. KimbroughRicky L. JonesJonathan R. FarrHank NuwerDonna WinslowMichelle A. Finkel, M.D.Gregory Danielson and Hank NuwerR. Brian Crow and Scott R. RosnerR. Brian Crow and Scott R. RosnerSusan VanDeventer Iverson and Elizabeth J. AllanElizabeth J. Allan
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Exterminating the Frat Ratsp. xiii
A Chronology of Hazing Eventsp. xxv
1. Understanding Fraternity Hazingp. 1
2. Males Courting Malesp. 14
3. Groupthinkp. 19
4. Cult-like Hazingp. 27
5. Hazing and Alcohol in a College Fraternityp. 51
6. Pledging and Hazing in African-American Fraternities and Sororitiesp. 106
7. Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledgingp. 110
8. Troubled Times in a New England University's Fraternity Systemp. 130
9. A Sorority Executive's Perspective on Hazing: A Conversation with Holiday Hart McKiernanp. 137
10. Military Hazingp. 141
11. Rites of Passage and Group Bonding in the Canadian Airbornep. 147
12. Traumatic Injuries Caused by Hazingp. 171
13. A Carolina Soccer Initiationp. 184
14. Hazing and Sport and the Lawp. 200
15. Institutional Liability and Hazing--Mainly Athletics-Relatedp. 224
16. Initiating Change: Transforming a Hazing Culturep. 252
17. Hazing and Gender: Analyzing the Obviousp. 275
Appendix Hazing Information Resourcesp. 295
Referencesp. 297
Contributorsp. 307
Indexp. 311