“Male Bonding and Inter-Male Conflict in United States Fraternities” was written as my graduate thesis at Oregon State University. My aim was to discuss various aspects of male bonding with fraternity members and to inquire why incidents of rape and violent hazing sometimes occur.
Naturally, my research took off in many surprising directions that I had never anticipated (secret initiation rituals, racial barriers on membership and attempts to overcome them, highly covert “fraternities” that powerfully manipulated school courts and newspapers for decades, violence against rival fraternities, conflicts with feminist organizations, and interviews at fraternity houses were a rape had recently taken place).
As a result, this graduate research has experienced minor cult status and it was consistently checked out of the university library for years afterward. Most surviving copies eventually vanished and this book was thought to be permanently lost. Luckily, an electronic copy has just been made available for exclusive use on this website.
CHAPTER FIVE: RESULTS OF INTERVIEWS
The Male Bond: Defining the Object
A House Divided: Internal Conflict
A House Divided: Competing Hierarchies
A House Divided: Building on Dichotomies
Fraternity Rituals: The Initiation Ceremony
Fraternity Rituals: The On-Going Process
The Mirror Image: Fraternity Rivalry
Perceived Injustice: Feminists
Perceived Injustice: The Black Lantern Procession
CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSIONS
The Endless Cycle: Rituals and Physical Aggression
Fraternities and Power Hierarchies
Looking Ahead: The Possible Future of Fraternities
Recommendations for Future Research