Publication details for Dr Mark McCormackAnderson, E., McCormack, M. & Lee, H. (2012). Male team sport hazing initiations in a culture of decreasing homohysteria. Journal of Adolescent Research 27(4): 427-448.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0743-5584 (print), 1552-6895 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1177/0743558411412957
- Keywords: Sexuality, College issues, Gender, Peers/friends, Risk behavior.
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In this longitudinal ethnographic research, we report on 7 years of hazing rituals on two separate men’s sports teams at one university in the United Kingdom. Using 38 in-depth interviews alongside naturalistic observations of the initiation rituals, we demonstrate that hazing activities have changed from being centered around homophobic same-sex activities to focusing on extreme levels of alcohol consumption. We show that whereas same-sex activities once occurred paradoxically to prohibit them, today these initiations open up the possibility of same-sex behaviors for young men in the life stage of emergent adulthood.