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Stephen Sweet, associate professor of sociology
In light of a national effort to eradicate hazing from college life, Inside Higher Ed asked Stephen Sweet about the prevalence of hazing. He says that students often crave a sense of belonging when they enter college, so they seek out organizations with strongly articulated traditions, identities, and clearly defined social structures. The problem starts when these organizations seal off their recruits from the outside world. They become the sole arbiters of what is right and wrong for these students, and they exert tremendous power. “It’s not just the drinking games,” said Sweet. “It’s the overarching definition that to belong to the group means you have to submit to very onerous requests.”

Outlet: Inside Higher Ed
Publication Date: November 24, 2010
Article: "Can Hazing Be Stopped?"


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