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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.001.0001

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. Becoming Men in Burning Sands

. Becoming Men in Burning Sands

Student Identity, Masculinity, and Image Construction in Black Greek-Letter Collegiate Fraternities

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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0

T. Elon Dancy II

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the complex relationships of race, gender, and student identity within the context of black Greek-letter fraternities (BGLFs). It shows how BGLFs promote a kind of black masculinity that produces neither a “thug” nor an aloof and apolitical college student. The chapter first reviews the broader literature pertaining to the development of student identity as it informs the college experiences of African American men in BGLFs. It then looks at the parameters of masculine identities that allow institutions of higher education and fraternities to interpret and understand both the collegiate environment and choices of African American men. It also discusses findings from year-long research on African American men in fraternities and offers new directions for how colleges and BGLFs can shape the construction of African American men’s identities as both students and African American men.

Keywords:   race, gender, student identity, black Greek-letter fraternities, black masculinity, African American men, colleges

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