Destroying Young Lives
Edited by Hank Nuwer
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Format: Hardback 21 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02938-6
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For decades, hazing rituals–such as excessive drinking, drug use, paddling, and sexual abuse–have been required by many teams and organizations as a rite of passage, while administration and department heads have turned a blind eye. In recent years, several young men and women have lost their live from hazing-related practices in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, California, Louisiana, Virginia, and Massachusetts. But these practices and rituals are no longer linked just to large organizations and schools. Secondary schools are also seeing an increase in hazing lawsuits due to sexual and alcohol abuse conducted by sports teams. In Hazing: Destroying Young Lives, anti-hazing journalist Hank Nuwer assembles an extraordinary cast of experts to critique the evolution of this dangerous practice, from the first fraternity hazing death at Cornell University in 1873 to present-day tragedies. This hard-hitting compilation addresses the numerous, significant, and often overlooked impacts of hazing, including sexual exploitation, mental distress, depression, and even suicide.

Hazing: Destroying Young Lives is a compelling look at how universities, the military, and other social groups can learn from past mistakes and protect their members going forward.

Author Bio

Hank Nuwer is best known for his writing on hazing as a social problem. He worked as a freelance journalist for GQ, NYT Sunday Magazine, Harper's, and Outside. He is the author of several books, including Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs, Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey, The Hazing Reader,  Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking, High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs, and The Legend of Jesse Owens.

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Table of Contents



Introduction: The Perils of Hazing, a Few Thoughts on Forty Years of Writing about Hazing / Hank Nuwer

1. Dead to Rites: The Chlorine Poisoning of Henrietta Jackson / Hank Nuwer

2. Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities: A Primer / Hank Nuwer

3. A Need for Transparency: Parents, Students Must Make Informed Decisions About Greek-Life Risks / Douglas Fierberg and Chloe Neely

4. Shame: The Hidden Harm of Hazing for Victims and Hazers / Tracy Maxwell

5. Sexual Hazing: A Wrongful Passage / Norm Pollard

6. Ill Met by Moonlight: The First Fraternity Hazing Death / Hank Nuwer

7. Eliminating Band Hazing: What Must Be Done / Malinda Matney

8. Hazing and Gender: Lenses for Prevention / Elizabeth J. Allan and Morgan B. Kinney

9. Listening to the Voices of the Hazed: An Examination of Race, Violence, and Black Fraternity Membership / Ashley Stone

10. Unspoken Sisterhood: Women in African-American Sororities and Their Physical and Mental Ordeals

11. Sexually Exploitive Athletic Hazing and Title IX in the Public School Locker Room: Warriors, Machismo, and Jockstraps / Susan P. Stuart

12. A Mother's Story: I Lost My Child to Fraternity Hazing / Debbie Smith with Stacey Kennelly

13. How Alfred University Ended the Greek System to Become a Hazing Research Institution / Norm Pollard

14. How Schools May Have Facilitated and Operationalized Hazing: An Interview with Peter F. Lake, Author of The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University / Hank Nuwer

15. A Fraternity Model: Addressing Campus Alcohol Misuse and Abuse / Edward G. Whipple and Robert A. Biggs

16. A Realistic Approach to Public Relations for Fraternities in Crisis / Ray Begovich

17. A Sorority Hazing Hero Incurs the Wrath of Alums / Sarah Wild

18. How Reforms and Reformers Played a Role in Changing a Hazing Culture / Allison Swick-Duttine

19. Hazing Hides in Plain Sight: An Open Letter to Hazers from a Nationally Known Speaker / David Westol

20. Hazing and University Ethics: The Need for Faculty Involvement and Guidance / James F. Keenan, SJ

21. Understanding Hazing in the Perilous World of Guyland: An Interview with Michael Kimmel / Hank Nuwer

22. A Cold Case: How Did Joe Bisanz Die? / Hank Nuwer

23. Women and a Feminine Leadership Style Can Defeat Hazing / Tracy Maxwell

24. The Purdue Tank Scrap / David Hovde

25. A Blueprint for Greek Reforms: How to Establish an Antihazing Task Force with Concrete

26. Hazing and the Law and Litigation: What You Need to Know / R. Brian Crow and Colleen McGlone

27. Smokeouts and Smokescreens: Military Hazing / Hank Nuwer