Wrongs of Passage

Wrongs of Passage

Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking
Nuwer, Hank
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.

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Table of Contents

Selected Listing of Key Persons and Fraternal Organizations
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
Works Cited