Master of Arts (MA)
In this study, a cultural dissemination model is used to identify the cultural markers a fraternalism across multiple educational environments all in an attempt to answer the question “How American is the American college fraternity?” Aspects of modern fraternities and sororities were broken down and their historical predecessors were identified in order to track cultural dissemination, or diffusion. “Diffusion is the spread of culture traits and, as Wissler (140,146) and Bartlett (7) have demonstrated, this spread may be either conscious or unconscious” (Willey & Herskovits, 1927, p. 263). Primarily systems the broad European Fraternalism, European Universities (German and English), American Universities were studied alongside the modern fraternity and sorority.
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Bell, Andrew Thomas, "How American is the American College Fraternity? Examining the European Legacy Within the U.S. Greek System" (2017). LSU Master's Theses. 4613.