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Title:Fraternities, Beyond the Bro
Author(s):ANTH285 07-17
Greek System
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about fraternities and the process by which new members are selected and initiated at Illinois State University. I feel there is a huge knowledge gap pertaining to the nature of fraternity entrance, and the motivations for seeking entrance are more complex than one may assume. A comprehensive analysis of fraternity advertisement, selective advantages, pop-cultural myths, and pledge motivations, view the process holistically in order to gain some understanding which is lacking from the University documents. Using participant observation and informant interviews, I show that the social structure of the fraternity creates deeper meanings and more intricate processes than are visible to the public, or university officials. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that the fraternity serves many functions to the university, and unique functions to its members. I recommend that the university that the way in which they present Greek organizations needs to be rethought, and revamped.
Issue Date:2008-03-05
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-05

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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