The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities Hardcover – Mar 1 2009
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Stunning. . . one of the finest 'masculinity histories.' . . . This well written, carefully argued, and (in the conclusion) deftly polemical book is an excellent example of what modern historiography can achieve. It should be required reading for campus administrators, if not the parents of prospective fraternity members, and will in addition be of use to any American Studies scholar interested in gender, masculinity studies, social history, institutional history, literary and cultural studies.--"American Studies"
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Tracing the history of white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to modern-day college campus, Syrett reveals how fraternity brothers have defined masculinity over the course of their 180-year history. Based on extensive research at 12 different schools and analyzing 20 national fraternities, this book explores many factors--such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness--that have contributed to versions of fraternal masculinity at different times. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I also believe the byline of "A History of White College Fraternities" unnecessarily brings race to the forefront of his book. Racial attitudes and segregation practices were largely reflective of social culture of the time. I disagree with his assertion that fraternities spread as a way to keep non-whites, Catholics, homosexuals, etc. among the lower rungs of the campus culture. Maybe at the southern universities he focused on, but that was hardly the case as even he showcases African American members of college fraternities before 1900.