Vol. 42 No. 2 (1994)
Research Article

Looking Back to Beaver and the Head: Male College Nicknames in the 1950s

Published 1994-06-01



Studies of nicknames have neglected social fraternities, and most have been done by outsiders unable to assess the feelings of those who bear nicknames. I questioned members of a social fraternity to which I belonged in the late 1950s to find out how men felt about their nicknames then and now. Nicknames were found to be either endearing or critical, functioning as social controls.


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