The Hazing Reader

The Hazing Reader

Edited by Hank Nuwer
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/29/2004
Format: Paperback 1 figure
ISBN: 978-0-253-21654-0
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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 Bio

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.


“. . . not only timely but informative and provides a comprehensive review of the many standard issues surrounding hazing. Highly recommended.”
 — Library Journal

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:
Introduction: Exterminating the Frat Rats by Hank Nuwer
A Chronology of Hazing Events
1. Understanding Fraternity Hazing by Stephen Sweet
2. Males Courting Males by Lionel Tiger
3. Groupthink by Irving L. Janis
4. Cult-Like Hazing by Hank Nuwer
5. Hazing and Related Drinking in an Addictive Fraternity Chapter by James C. Arnold
6. Pledging and Hazing in African-American Fraternities and Sororities by D. Jason DeSousa, Michael V. W. Gordon, and Walter M. Kimbrough
7. Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledging by Ricky L. Jones
8. Troubled Times in a Fraternity System by Jonathan R. Farr
9. A Sorority Executive's Perspective on Hazing: A Conversation with Holly Hart McKiernan
10. Military Hazing by Hank Nuwer
11. Rites of Passage and Group Bonding in the Canadian Airborne by Donna Winslow
12. Traumatic Injuries Caused by Hazing by Michelle A. Finkel, M.D.
13. A Carolina Soccer Initiation by Gregory Danielson
14. Hazing and Sports and the Law by R. Brian Crow and Scott R. Rosner
15. Institutional Liability and Hazing—Mainly Athletics-Related by R. Brian Crow and Scott R. Rosner
16. Transforming a Hazing Culture by Elizabeth J. Allan and Susan V. Iverson
17. Hazing and Gender by Elizabeth J. Allan
Appendix: Hazing Resource Information