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“A classic. Fraternity Gang Rape is a fascinating analysis of how all-male groups such as fraternities or athletic teams may create a rape culture where behavior occurs that few individuals acting alone would perpetrate. The new introduction and afterword shed light on how this pernicious problem continues today, insightfully illuminating the complicity of society in the failure of accountability for acquaintance rape.”

-Mary P. Koss,co-editor of No Safe Haven

“Sanday draws a chilling picture of fraternity society, its debasement of women and the way it creates a looking-glass world in which gang rape can be considered normal behavior and the pressure of group-think it powerful.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer



“Powerfully moving and analytically provocative. . . . If the college or university at which AJS readers teach has a fraternity or sorority system, this book will be useful in understanding the way those organizations not only construct the gender relations between women and men on campus but also provide a map of male domination that members can take with them for the rest of their lives.”
-Michael S. Kimmel,American Journal of Sociology



“Full of insights . . . an important contribution . . . written in accessible prose and ideal for course use.”
-Women's Review of Books



“A powerful and important book.”

-Contemporary Psychology

About the Author

Peggy Reeves Sanday is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of many books, including A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial and, most recently, Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 2 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814740383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814740385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Sorority Girl on July 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
In response to the many Greeks who wrote reviews disparaging this book because it "perpetuates stereotypes." First of all, to some of you, do not write reviews without reading a book. Second, this book tells the truth about events that happened to quite a few women at my school. It is an Ivy league school, by the way, so just because you have researched a school for its reputation does not protect you. I am a member of a sorority, and I adore it, but the fact that I love the Greek system is all the more reason to support this book. Don't shoot the messenger... this type of event happened very often during the period Sanday researched the book (the 80s) and the book was a significant force in reducing this type of incident. If you love the Greek system, you should be willing to face the truth. A minority of Greek organizations have committed some terrible crimes, and the setup of the Greek party system, brotherhood values, and school protection of male organizations rather than female victims out of concern for their reputations combined to allow them to go unpunished. This book is about how our culture allows people to get away with this type of crime, and how on campuses this behavior is excused. If you want to end what you call stereotypes, work on helping our Greek organizations be the best they can be, and don't be upset with a woman who just told the stories of people who experienced terrible things! I am well aware of the good Greeks do (I'm my sorority's philanthropy chair), but I also know that Sanday (a professor of mine) told the truth in her book, which was only an expose of what happened.Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Seccuro on July 4, 2007
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While not a light subject by any means, this was the first book of its kind I could ever find. I also sent a copy to my prosecutor, Police Chief and my husband, a fraternity guy. I am the survivor of a fraternity gang rape and this book really does get to the bottom of herd mentality and why these unspeakable crimes occur, why they are covered up and why they keep happening.

If you are a parent sending a son or daughter off or back to college, I strongly suggest you read this. University brochures would have us think there is no such thing as gang rape on our bucolic campuses, but I am living proof that it happens. God bless this author for shining a light on this terrible subject. While this will never be a best-seller, it should. Well-written, compelling, repulsive and edifying, I am grateful it exists.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Simeone on September 19, 2003
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Sanday is one of the few researchers with the guts to expose the dark side of the American worship of fraternities and athletes. This American obsession runs so deep and has been unquestioned for so long it's no wonder her research angers those in a position of privilege (think Citadel, think Tailhook). Check out Bernard Lefkowitz's more recent OUR GUYS for a male journalist's take on the same culture of privilege.

It's time for people to quit shielding campus thugs in the name of letting boys be boys. There ARE colleges where fraternities and sororities don't exist, and those of us who went there still made friends, contributed to the community, and had rich social lives. We also had far fewer rapes.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hank on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book echoed a lot of things I saw and heard about while attending school. I never had a use for fraternities but was around them a lot since I played in a band and we played some of their parties. Maybe things have changed somewhat since then, but I would be surprised if that is the case. I think this sort of thing is a lot more common then the "brothers" would like to admit, like hazing. To be fair, I have seen the positive sides of fraternities but have seen a lot more of the herd mentality in them. Parents who are sending daughters away to school would be well advised to read this. Its better to be aware of what could (and does) happen, then to assume all is safe and well.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
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Sanday is one of the few researchers with the guts to expose the dark side of the American worship of fraternities and athletes. This American obsession runs so deep and has been unquestioned for so long it's no wonder her research angers those in a position of privilege (think Citadel, think Tailhook). Check out Bernard Lefkowitz's more recent OUR GUYS for a male journalist's take on the same culture of privilege. It's time for people to quit shielding campus thugs in the name of letting boys be boys. There ARE colleges where fraternities and sororities don't exist, and those of us who went there still made friends, contributed to the community, and had rich social lives. And we also had far fewer rapes.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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Normally, I'd give this title 4 stars, but since a large number of "brothers" who obviously haven't read it are trying to drive down its ratings, it needs a boost from someone who *has*. Before you send your child to college, consider this book an important decision making tool. You may decide to avoid Greek-dominated schools, especially if your college bound child is a girl.
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