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Beyond Bad Behaving Brothers: Productive Performances of Masculinities among College Fraternity Men
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (2014)
  • Frank Harris III, Ed.D., San Diego State University
  • Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Research on fraternity men focuses almost exclusively on problematic behaviors such as homophobia and sexism, alcohol abuse, violence against women, sexual promiscuity, and the overrepresentation of members among campus judicial offenders. Consequently, little is known about those who perform masculinities in healthy and productive ways. Presented in this article are findings from a qualitative study of productive masculinities and behaviors among 50 undergraduate fraternity men from 44 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Findings offer insights into participants’ steadfast commitments to the fraternity’s espoused values; their acceptance and appreciation of members from a range of diverse backgrounds; strategies they employed to address bad behaviors (including sexism, racism, and homophobia) among chapter brothers; and the conditions that enabled them to behave in ways that contradict stereotypes concerning men in collegiate fraternities.

  • Men,
  • Masculinity,
  • Gender,
  • Fraternity,
  • Higher Education
Publication Date
June, 2014
Citation Information
Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R. (2014). Beyond bad behaving brothers: Productive performances of masculinities among college fraternity men. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(6), 703-723.