How to end the hook-up culture: An economic and institutional examination of the hook- up culture on college campuses
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The hook-up culture that exists amongst modern day college students is a well-documented phenomenon in sociological, psychological, and gender studies research, but little to no research exists examining such a culture from an economic or institutional perspective. This paper provides a definitional summary of the literature on the hook-up culture, examining its social norms, origins, and harms, and adds that the hook-up culture can be conceptualized as an economic club good. Borrowing upon Gerry Mackie’s work, it then argues that the hook-up culture can be viewed as a societal convention analogous to the historic Chinese practice of footbinding and the modern day practice of Female Genital Mutilation. Importantly, the author does not claim that the hook-up culture harms men and women to the same degree as footbinding or FGM. Both footbinding and FGM are degrees of magnitude more harmful and more demoralizing than the hook-up culture—and it would be offensive to argue otherwise. Instead, the author’s point in making the comparison is solely structural: when each of the three conventions persist, they persist because those harmed cannot socially coordinate. Thus, to understand how to end the hook-up culture, it is helpful to understand how similar conventions ended (or could end). The paper then provides three frameworks for “solving” the harms the hook-up culture propagates.
DescriptionThesis granted Honors by the Duke Political Science Department (2014)
ProvenanceAbstract revised in January 2021 at request of author and with approval from DUL administrators.
CitationStrunk, Daniel (2014). How to end the hook-up culture: An economic and institutional examination of the hook- up culture on college campuses. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8470.
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