Nomadic Human Hazing

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What is hazing? As stated by Alvarez D.M. (2015) hazing can be defined as “the practice of initiating new members into a group, often through harassment and humiliation”. (p.43) However, if hazing is so bad why is it still around, wouldn’t an intelligent society discontinue harmful practices? Both the act of hazing and the willingness to be hazed are rooted in the deepest parts of human nature. Any social animal relies on its group members to survive. New members of a group are thoroughly vetted in all social species; this can be seen most clearly in wolves. A lone wolf attempting to join a new pack must follow a certain form of behaviors, if the new wolf is not deemed worthy it is either driven off or killed. Ancient nomadic humans
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Hazing is generally centered around dividing new members of a group, or rookies, away from the senior members (Waldron, J., 2015). Waldron, J. (2015) defines hazing as “include(ing) any behavior, no matter how benign or mild, that separates teammates from each other.” (p.1090) This can be as mild as segregated seating or giving the worst chores to the new person (Waldron, J., 2015). These go as severe as the stories we all hear in the news. One such story, reported by the New York Times, is the case of George Desdunes. Mr. Desdunes was kidnapped, by his fellow S.A.E. members, he was tied up, and continually given shots of alcohol until he passed out (Winerip, M., 2012)(p.ED24). That night, after he had passed out, his brothers left him on a couch while they continued to party (Winerip, M., 2012)(p.ED24). Mr. Desdunes was discovered at 6:45 the next morning by the staff that cleaned the frat house, he had died of alcohol poisoning at some point during the night (Winerip, M., 2012)(p.ED24). Waldron, J. (2015) states “Regardless of severity, hazing behaviors are humiliating and degrading and often bring emotional or physical harm to others.” (p.1090) Though mild hazing is rarely talked about it is still negative and detrimental to team cohesion (Waldron, J., 2015). Add story of mild hazing. Many positive initiation rituals also offer a sense of danger so what is the difference? Positive initiation rituals include…show more content…
It would be used as an additional form of correction for offenders (Mowrey, R., 2012. The general form of punishment for hazing is dismissal from the organization (Mowrey, R., 2012.) This is not the same as dismissal from the school, generally a person is dismissed from a fraternity, sorority, team or community they were a part of. This form a punishment, though a strong deterrent, has its drawbacks “although common, the dismissal approach fails to address the harm done to the affect communities, such as the team, school, or organization.” (Mowrey, R., 2012). Restorative justice is not some mythical state that requires chanting and incense. What would happen is that the offenders and the affected parties would meet after the original punishment. The affected person or persons would state exactly what they were thinking during the hazing and what they need to feel right again (Mowrey, R., 2012). The offender would not be left voiceless, they would be given time to speak about what they were thinking and what they feel is just repayment. This sounds like it might just be a waste of time, but it is actually proven to decrease revenge acts against victims, it also increases the amount of satisfaction victims feel with their cases (Mowrey, R., 2012). Often the perpetrators offer genuine statements of remorse (Mowrey, R.,
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