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Social sanctions: ostracize, ridicule, sarcasm, criticism, disapproval


to ostracize
To exclude (a person) from society or from a community, by not communicating with (them) or by refusing to acknowledge (their) presence; to refuse to talk to or associate with; to shun.

to avoid someone intentionally, or to prevent someone from taking part in the activities of a group:
“His colleagues ostracized him after he criticized the company in public.”

exclude from a society or group.
“she was declared a witch and ostracized by the villagers”
synonyms: exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm’s length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel; More
antonyms: welcome, accept, befriend, include
2. (in ancient Greece) banish (an unpopular or overly powerful citizen) from a city for five or ten years by popular vote.
“Themistocles was indeed out of favour at Athens by the end of the 470s, when he was ostracized”
Ostracism (Greek: ὀστρακισμός, ostrakismos) was a procedure under the Athenian democracy in which any citizen could be expelled from the city-state of Athens for ten years. While some instances clearly expressed popular anger at the citizen, ostracism was often used preemptively. It was used as a way of neutralizing someone thought to be a threat to the state or potential tyrant.

Crucially, ostracism had no relation to the processes of justice. There was no charge or defense, and the exile was not in fact a penalty; it was simply a command from the Athenian people that one of their number be gone for ten years.

A modern use developed from the term is to describe informal exclusion from a group through social rejection, although the psychology of ostracism takes this further, where it has been defined as “…any behaviour in which a group or individual excludes and ignores another group or individual”.[1] This could therefore be a conscient act or an unconscient one.


Social sanctions
Definition: Mechanisms, processes and measures used by a society to enforce its rules of acceptable behavior and reward/punish conformity with /deviation from a norm.
Application: Informal sanctions may include ridicule, sarcasm, criticism, and disapproval, which can cause an individual to observe the social norms of the society. Using formal sanctions, undesirable individuals are increasingly outlawed to the periphery of society, for example by prohibiting their access to important public aspects of the city.

To exclude (a person) from society or from a community, by not communicating with (them) or by refusing to acknowledge (their) presence; to refuse to talk to or associate with; to shun.

silent treatment
A form of social sanction that consists of ignoring a particular individual, neither speaking to that person nor responding to his or her words.





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