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Kerry Cronin – Hanging Out and Hooking Up: The Case of the Lost Social Script of Dating on College Campuses

Many observers find the prevalence of hook-up culture on college campuses to be a signal of the last gasps of traditional courtship and dating. Still others view that conclusion as the “moral panic” of the old and unhip. But what happens when a group of 15 college students find themselves with the unusual assignment of going on a date—no hooking up, no hanging out, no opting out—and reporting back about the strategy, the fear, “the rules,” the ask, the drama, and the A-frame hugs? In this discussion, let’s consider what has really been lost and found in the “case of the lost social script” of college dating.

Kerry Cronin earned her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and is presently a doctoral candidate in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, working in the area of moral reasoning research. She is the Associate Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College and the Faculty Fellow in BC’s Center for Student Formation. Fore the past 17 years, she has taught in Boston College’s interdisciplinary Perspectives Program (offering courses in the “Great Books” tradition). Additionally, she works extensively with undergraduates in retreat programs and is a regular speaker on college campuses, addressing topics of student culture and formation.

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