Has anyone a copy of this study? HN Thanks
montague, D.Â Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Royal York, Toronto
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This study examines a well-known topic (i.e. hazing) and provides specific categories of hazers in an attempt to understand their behavior. Each year, people (mostly under twenty-five years of age) are hurt or killed during incidents of people engaging in hazing of initiates, despite efforts by society and fraternal organizations to cease such behavior. The problem is so severe, that the cycle of violence continues in a setting which does not condone this behavior (i.e. the organizational level). In an age in which some merely place responsibility on initiates to make sure they do not put themselves in dangerous situations, others see hazing as a badge of honor. The most serious aspect of hazing as a phenomenon of college-based organizations is the fact that entry into these organizations can often lead to future career rewards. However, there is still contradiction in knowing that organizations associated with success are also associated with physical and mental hazing; which can range from light bruises, to torture, and even death. Using Choice Theories, this study provides descriptive understanding on the types of hazing using documented cases and normatively addresses what society and fraternal organizations might do to better address this problem. The typologies are based on interviews of fraternal members, court cases, and news stories. It is hoped that these typologies will foster more conversation and thought toward policy and behavioral change.