Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Case study analysis of a college fraternity utilizing alcohol -free housing
by Robison, Andrew, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007, 158; 3287270
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation draws on the disciplines of cultural anthropology, history, and higher education administration to complete an ethnographic case study analysis of a college fraternity operating under alcohol-free housing policies. Qualitative research methods were used to investigate the primary research question: “How does a college fraternity culture maintain an alcohol-free housing facility?” This study is believed to be the first of its kind in reviewing a critical fraternal case unit operating under alcohol-free housing policies. The study reveals the unique operations and culture of this fraternity chapter as it pertains to the alcohol-free housing policy. Data collection was completed through participant observation of the case unit, document review of organizational archives, and semi-formal interviews conducted with current students and former members.

The literature review for this study revealed that alcohol-free housing policies are a growing trend in higher education. The fraternity observed for this study was successful in maintaining its alcohol-free housing policy over time, but not without complications and attacks from the forces of cultural erosion. The study produced several key success factors for the case unit, including: Environmental Factors, Recruitment, Social Alternatives, Brotherhood and Friendship, and Enforcement. These key factors were used to build a conceptual model for success with alcohol-free housing policies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gappa, Judith M.
School: Purdue University
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Higher education
Keywords: Alcohol-free housing, Culture, Ethnography, Fraternities, Housing, Substance-free housing
Publication Number: 3287270
ISBN: 978-0-549-30331-2
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