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Book: Embodiment and Black Religion

Chapter: 6. "School Daze": Embodiment and Meaning Making in Black Greek Letter Organizations

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27408


Chapter 6, “‘School Daze’: Embodiment and Meaning-Making in Black Greek Letter Organizations,” we give critical consideration to how black religion as the quest for complex subjectivity is worked out in the context of community and social traditions. In particular, we argue that the embodied practices of “branding” and “stepping” in Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) make these social spaces analogous to religious institutions, such that they signify processes of identity construction and meaning-making among their members, especially in the larger context of discrimination and limited life-options often experienced by black college students.

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  • CERCL Writing Collective ( - cwriting) 'Rice University'