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Party School
Crime, Campus, and Community
Karen G. Weiss

Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law

Northeastern University Press
2013 • 280 pp. 20 tables, 2 charts 6 x 9"
Sociology / Criminology / Education History

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-819-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-795-1

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-820-0

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

“Weiss does an excellent job of illustrating just how effectively party subcultures normalize injury, abuse, and victimization. those on the front lines of student life will gain a greater understanding of the stresses and strains party subcultures create for students. Party School makes an important contribution to a growing body of sociological and higher education literature on the experiential core of college, or what happens in the years between entering and exiting college.”—American Journal of Sociology

Examines the culture of the “party school” and the criminal behaviors that result from it

On the basis of extensive on-site research, Karen G. Weiss offers a case study of crime victimization at an American “party school” that reverberates beyond a single campus. She argues that today’s party school—usually a large public university with a big sports program and an active Greek life—represents a unique environment that nurtures and rewards extreme drinking, which in turn increases the risks of victimization and normalizes bad behavior of students who are intoxicated. Weiss shows why so many students voluntarily place themselves at risk, why so few crimes are reported to police, and why victims often shrug off their injuries and other negative consequences as the acceptable cost of admission to a party.

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“Through her explanations of the social forces that shape the party subculture and its associated crime and victimization risks, Karen Weiss transforms the party school from a bunch of young adults who routinely get drunk and engage in a range of stupid to criminal behaviors into a theoretically grounded explanation of party schools. Her work is superior.” —Bonnie Fisher, professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

“Every weekend many college campuses turn into party schools, where sports rule and sketchy sexual encounters are in plentiful supply. Weiss asks why students want this, and she holds the schools accountable. Recognizing that it’s not a few bad apples, but the porous basket holding the apples, Weiss points the way to a far more comprehensive understanding of these problems, and thus a more effective way to address them.”
—Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

KAREN G. WEISS is an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:03:09 -0500