What is social death?

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"Social death is a term used to describe the condition of people not accepted as fully human by wider society. Used by sociologists like Zygmunt Bauman and historians of the holocaust to describe the part played governmental and social segregation in that process. Examples of social death are:

Racial exclusion, persecution, slavery, and apartheid.
Governments can exclude individuals or groups from society. Examples: Protestant minority groups in early modern Europe; ostracism in Athens; criminals; prostitutes, outlaws
Change in the identity of an individual. This was a major theme during the Renaissance.
It could be said that the degeneration theory and theories similar to this theory are the most extreme examples of social death. The idea of degeneration has been popular in both right-wing and left-wing politics. Both left-wing and right-wing politics have used the word decadence to describe social groups whose social, moral, religious, ├Žsthetic, or political commitments tend towards the inhibition of any or all forms of progress (the right) or towards the undermining of fundamental forms of order (the left). In either political optic, the forces of decadence may be internal or external; internally, the members of political opposition may represent those who have allowed essential ideals to lapse from their view of the world; externally, members of another society may be considered as cherishing ideals which introduce forces of collapse into the worlds wherein they are immigrants."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_ostracism

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