Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hazing as a Manifestation of Evolved Psychology
by Cimino, Aldo Nicholas, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013, 167; 3596104
Abstract (Summary)

Hazing is the abuse of new or prospective group members. What motivates individual hazing behavior? Why does hazing take particular but reliable forms in some organizations? Using experimental, ethnographic, and archival research methods, this dissertation explores general motivational predictors of hazing behavior as well as specific manifestations of hazing in college social fraternities. Results suggest (1) consistent predictors of hazing that may reflective adaptive problems within human ancestral environments, and (2) context-specific manifestations of hazing that may represent a variety of cognitive processes and social negotiations. Findings are discussed in light of hazing's abiding need for systematic research and hypothesis testing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gaulin, Steve
Commitee: Collins, Nancy, Cosmides, Leda, Gurven, Mike, Tooby, John
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Coalitions, Hazing, Initiations, Newcomers
Publication Number: 3596104
ISBN: 978-1-303-42509-7
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