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Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking

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"A grim... expose 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 c
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Indiana University Press (first published October 1st 1999)
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Geona Childress
Feb 25, 2015 Geona Childress rated it liked it
The wrong of passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking by: Hank Nuwer is a non-fiction book that goes in depth the consequences and negative outcome in college Greek life. Wrong of passage was a valuable book when it came to understanding the inside of a culture for my ethnography. Ethnography is a video production wear you go in depth in a culture that you aren’t familiar with in hopes of discovering something new. It is important to interrupt the culture instead of evaluati ...more
Greg
Jan 27, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a helpful read in providing some background and context for the issue of hazing and rituals of binge-drinking in College student organizations. The book provides examinations of particular cases as well as a birds-eye-view of the landscape. The one downside is that the book is about fifteen years old which is, admittedly, not the books fault. An updated edition would be worthwhile at this point, I think. The unfortunate thing is that, from where I sit, not much seems to have c ...more
Rachel
Jan 19, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
Meh. Nuwer seems to think of himself as a modern Upton Sinclair, and indeed presents the assertion that he had hoped that his literary efforts, like Sinclair's, would effect change in the world. This early egoism (2nd paragraph of the book) predisposed me to dislike him and his writing style.

Good presentation of hazing, for what it is worth.
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Jul 21, 2008 Regina Tabor rated it really liked it
The story of hazing and its affects leading to death and one mothers journey to dry up fraternities.
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