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. Public Realism

. Public Realism

Propounding a Critical and Empirical Black “Greek” Scholarship

Chapter:
(p.2) (p.3) 1. Public Realism
Source:
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0
Author(s):
Matthew W. HugheyGregory S. Parks
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.003.0001

This chapter explores the role of critical and empirical scholarship on black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) within the framework of jurisprudence and in relation to two strands of legal philosophy, “formalism” and “realism.” It highlights the need for critical and empirical research on BGLOs and explains how theoretical insights from the social sciences can further advance the legitimacy of BGLOs. It also looks at the tension between “professional” and “public” social thought, a tension that has long plagued the development of sociology. It argues that a “public-realist” BGLO scholarship is not only possible but also necessary, and in fact is already taking place. It also discusses the “formalist/realist” and “professional/public” tension by citing the issue of hazing, pledging, and membership intake processes in BGLOs.

Keywords:   black Greek-letter organizations, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, formalism, realism, sociology, hazing, pledging, empirical research, social sciences

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