Frat Wars - An Inter-cultural Approach to Decoding Inter-fraternity Conflicts

Title: Frat Wars - An Inter-cultural Approach to Decoding Inter-fraternity Conflicts

Abstract: Castellano, R.A.D. & Ruedas, J.R.E. (2012). Frat wars: An inter-cultural approach to decoding inter-fraternity conflicts, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

This thesis examined the types of communication between members of different fraternities that are deemed offensive and thus more likely to cause inter-fraternity conflicts. The UP Diliman campus has been a potent breeding ground for fraternities since the University’s early years. Through years of existence, many fraternities have formed alliances and renewed rivalries between other fraternities. It is a well-known occurrence that some fraternities often get involved in inter-fraternity conflicts or “frat wars” within and outside the campus, sometimes inflicting injuries and even casualties to those involved. To determine the causes of such clashes, this thesis analyzed verbal and nonverbal triggers of inter-fraternity conflicts in UP Diliman from an inter-cultural perspective. The study used an explanatory, cross-sectional, and non-participant research design with a qualitative paradigm. Data had been collected from in-depth interviews, administered tests, and archival research of newspapers and published reports. The study found out that there are multiple triggers of inter-fraternity conflict, and that nonverbal triggers are more potent in sparking altercations. The potency of these triggers is exacerbated by previous incidents between the same fraternities. There are also cultural differences that divide the different fraternities into those more prone to conflict and those who are relatively peaceful.

Keywords: Frat Wars - An Inter-cultural Approach to Decoding Inter-fraternity Conflicts Castellano, R.A.D. Ruedas, J.R.E.