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Hazing is looked at mostly as a ritual or practice that causes much harassment as well as humiliation to individuals. The reasons forwarded for people engaging into such an activity have been found to be quite unsatisfactory; those who are into it view it as a way of orienting an individual into a new group. Many people do not see any moral lesson that can be learnt from this activity since there is much pain that is endured by its victims. With regard to the above this research seeks to find out presence of any moral lesson which may be accrued from hazing. Hazing is common in many higher learning institutions including colleges and universities. This practice is not very common in high schools because education ministries are working hard to eliminate such a practice. The military and police force often encounter hazing experiences among the young recruits (Nuwer, 2004).
Hazing has been a much debated issue especially where the practice is engaged. Despite the humiliation which is accompanied by this practice there have been many arguments claiming that it is an effective and appropriate way of carrying out an orientation for a entrants to a group. Learning institutions are working hard in order to eliminate this practice from the school fraternity. In spite of its negative impacts this practice continues to take root in some of the learning institutions. The continued growth of hazing is a problem which ought to be researched on. With regard to the above the research paper is written with an aim of finding out whether there is any moral justification to hazing.
The research problem
This is simply the purpose of carrying out the research. Research is successfully carried out when there is a research problem. The research question for this paper is to find out the moral justification of hazing. The objectives of these research will only be met if a critically analysis of the research problem is done.
Background justification and significance
Hazing has been there for a very long time it can be dated back to the existence of sororities as well as social fraternities. The number of students joining such groups has drastically reduced from early seventies due to a number of factors. Cultural and ethnic diversity greatly lowered the number of students enrolling for such groups. Individual rights are among other factors that have greatly reduced the number of students taking part in such activities. Initially the term fraternity was meant for males while Socrates was for female students though things have greatly changed in our generation. The research paper seeks to determine the moral justification of hazing. By carrying out this research interested people will be in a position to know the current situation as far as hazing is concerned. Learning institutions are out to stop hazing at these organizations therefore this information will be of great value (Phillips, 2005).
Deficiencies in evidence and the audience
It’s quite difficult to get the required evidence that sufficiently prove the existence of hazing. As much as we are interested in getting the moral lesson of hazing there is little information which is available that fully help us to draw the necessary conclusion. Basically what hazing reflects is deterioration of moral character. Since this research has been done in respect to Socrates, fraternities as well as the military the audiences are the administrators of this organization.