Recent and classic research on the culture of hazing.
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 Elizabeth Allan, 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.
When I belonged to a fraternity in college and was hazed and hazed others, I hated the term “frat rat.”
Now, I try to exterminate frat rats.
It’s my job.
First, an explanation why that pejorative term “Frat rat” applies well here to hazers. I do not apply the term to those who do not haze or are part of the growing Greek anti-hazing movement.
A “rat” in farming communities is a laborer hired to nibble patiently at an old barn’s beams and supports with a small tool until the whole structure collapse--just before he gets out.
Thus, “frat rat” describes all Greek members who abuse, degrade, and humiliate pledges—then graduate. Metaphorically, these few chew away at the foundations of Greek houses and threaten to bring the system crashing down on the heads of all. They leave, but their hazing practices stay.