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The Great Divide: The Chasm between Black Fraternal Ideals and Reality

Sociology Compass 8/2 (2014)

20 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2012 Last revised: 1 Aug 2017

Gregory Scott Parks

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Matthew W. Hughey

University of Connecticut, Department of Sociology

Rodney T. Cohen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 4, 2012

Abstract

Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) are unique and complex organizations with a rich history. BGLO members are defined by the ideals of high academic achievement, the development and sustaining of fictive-kinship ties, racial uplift, and a commitment to the perpetuity of their organizations. Drawing upon the growing corpus of BGLO scholarship, this article investigates the extent to which Black fraternities have remained faithful to these ideals.

Keywords: African-American, fraternities, identity

Suggested Citation

Parks, Gregory Scott and Hughey, Matthew W. and Cohen, Rodney T., The Great Divide: The Chasm between Black Fraternal Ideals and Reality (August 4, 2012). Sociology Compass 8/2 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2123780 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2123780

Gregory Parks (Contact Author)

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Matthew Hughey

University of Connecticut, Department of Sociology ( email )

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Rodney Cohen

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