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Black haze: violence, sacrifice, and manhood in Greek-letter fraternities, 2nd edition
  • Ricky L. Jones, University of Louisville
Are black men naturally violent? Do they define manhood in the same way as their counterparts across lines of race? Are black Greek-letter fraternities among the most dangerous student organizations on American college and university campuses? Can their often-dangerous initiation processes be stopped or even modified and if not, what should be done about them? In his revisitation of Black Haze, Ricky L. Jones takes on these questions and more. The original edition was an enlightening and sometimes disturbing examination of American men’s quest for acceptance, comfort, reaffirmation, and manhood in a world where their footing is often unstable. In this new volume Jones not only provides masterful philosophical and ethical analyses but also forces the engagement of a terrifying real world process that damages and kills potential initiates with all too frequent regularity. With a revealing new Preface and stunning Afterword, Jones immerses the reader in an intriguing and dark world marked by hypermasculinity, unapologetic brutality, and sometimes death. He offers a compelling book that ranges well beyond the subject of hazing—one that yields perplexing philosophical questions and demands difficult choices as we move forward in addressing issues surrounding fraternities, violent hazing, black men, and American society.
  • Hazing,
  • Fraternities,
  • African American college students
Publication Date
June, 2015
State University of New York Press
SUNY Series in African American Studies
Publisher Statement
The first 2nd edition in SUNY’s African American Studies series.
Citation Information
Ricky L. Jones. Black haze: violence, sacrifice, and manhood in Greek-letter fraternities, 2nd edition. 2nd EditionAlbany, NY(2015)
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