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.
|Advisor:||Gappa, Judith M.|
|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|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be