Wrongs of Passage

Wrongs of Passage

Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking
Hank Nuwer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/2001
Format: Paperback 24 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21498-0
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A grim... exposé 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 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.

Author Bio

Hank Nuwer is author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing: When Rights Become Wrongs, The Legend of Jesse Owens, and To the Young Writer and has published short articles and longer essays on hazing for American Legion Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's Magazine, Nuvo Newsweekly, and Human Behavior. He teaches reporting classes as an adjunct professor for the Indiana University School of Journalism, Indianapolis (IUPUI), and he has lectured on the topics of hazing and binge drinking at the University of Michigan, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.

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“"A grim . . . exposé 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 Journal Well known author Hank Nuwer (Broken Pledges), in a hard-hitting investigation of hazing and binge drinking in Greek fraternities and sororities, recounts the breakdown of common sense, civility, and leadership in American college fraternal life. What forces young men and women to accept inhuman, degrading rituals in order to belong to a social club, sorority, or fraternity? Are they the same forces that have made college binge drinking a national epidemic? Why do college administrators and Greek fraternities and sororities continue to allow practices that frequently lead to death or permanent physical and psychological damage? Why are black fraternities more prone to violent rites of passage than their white counterparts? After an in-depth look at the problem, Nuwer offers a detailed final chapter, with a list of strategies for society in general, parents, college administrators, fraternities, and the police for combatting these demeaning and dangerous practices.”

“"A grim . . . exposé 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 Journal Well known author Hank Nuwer (Broken Pledges), in a hard-hitting investigation of hazing and binge drinking in Greek fraternities and sororities, recounts the breakdown of common sense, civility, and leadership in American college fraternal life. What forces young men and women to accept inhuman, degrading rituals in order to belong to a social club, sorority, or fraternity? Are they the same forces that have made college binge drinking a national epidemic? Why do college administrators and Greek fraternities and sororities continue to allow practices that frequently lead to death or permanent physical and psychological damage? Why are black fraternities more prone to violent rites of passage than their white counterparts? After an in-depth look at the problem, Nuwer offers a detailed final chapter, with a list of strategies for society in general, parents, college administrators, fraternities, and the police for combatting these demeaning and dangerous practices.”

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Selected Listing of Key Persons and Fraternal Organizations
Glossary
Acknowledgments
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 of
Hazing, Fraternal Alcohol Syndrome, Pledging, Fraternity-Related Accidents, and Other Miscellaneous Occurrences

Appendix B: Where to Find Help and Information
Notes
Works Cited
Index