The collegiate experience of Greek-letter organisations collegiate in the United States of America have marked a prominent arena where men’s cultural citizenship discourse are approximated and demonstrated. Literature that have emerged in the last decades points to the suggestion that the brotherhood cherished by fraternity men have produced an organisational space that not only sanctions, but promotes the prioritisation of privilege (Clark, 2012; Hughey, 2010; cf. Anderson, 2008), as well as the attainment …show more content…
In its origins, fraternities developed as secret societies that had primarily scholarly purposes (Torbenson, 2005) in which members could freely discuss controversial subjects, such as politics, that their faculties would otherwise deem inappropriate and be reprimanded of given the period of historical revolution strife (Lee, 1955). Although the first fraternities laid prominence on ethical development (Earley, 1995), familial bonding and camaraderie between members’ rooted in reciprocal trust and loyalty that is also shared with fraternities dominant in Northern American colleges in the present times (Case, Hesp, & Eberly, 2005; Yeung et al., 2006), the fraternities have been now predominantly utilised and recognised for its social features (Hesp & Brooks, 2009; McCabe, 2011). In Torbensons’ (2005, pp. 43) succinct words, “whereas literary societies once filled the intellectual vacuum of college life, Greek-letter fraternities filled the social vacuum.” With a prominent focus on socialising, fraternity mens’ experience of identity is perhaps one that remains intricately …show more content…
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