ERIC Number: ED352890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-19
Brotherhood and the Bottle: A Cultural Analysis of the Role of Alcohol in Fraternities.
Arnold, James C.; Kuh, George D.
This report examines the culture of college/university fraternities in order to better understand the relationship between alcohol and fraternity life and to analyse the difficulties in controlling alcohol use and abuse within the collegiate "Greek system." The first chapter describes the serious problem of irresponsible, hazardous use of alcohol on college campuses in general, and particularly by fraternity members. It argues for the use of cultural perspectives as analytical lenses through which to understand the role of alcohol in fraternity life. Chapter 2 summarizes the study of fraternity culture and some of the relevant cultural properties of four fraternities participating in the study. Chapter 3 looks at the socialization practices of fraternities. Chapter 4 interprets the activities, events, and group policies and practices described in chapters 2 and 3 from a cultural view in attempting to determine how these properties work together to create and sustain a strong fraternity culture that exerts considerable influence over its members. Chapter 5 offers conclusions and recommendations for individuals and institutions committed to the type of long-term strategies needed to bring about cultural change in men's fraternities. Consideration is given to tactics that can be employed by national fraternities, colleges, universities, and individual fraternity chapters. Appendices include a history of college fraternities. (Contains 124 references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Behavior, College Students, Cultural Influences, Fraternities, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Influence, Research, Social Integration, Socialization, Student Organizations, Student Participation
Indiana University, Center for the Study of the College Fraternity, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center for the Study of the Coll. Fraternity.