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Ostracism: The Power of Silence
Ostracism is among the most powerful means of social influence. From schoolroom time-outs or the "silent treatment" from a family member or friend, to governmental acts of banishment or exile, ostracism is practiced in many contexts, by individuals and groups. This lucidly written book provides a comprehensive examination of this pervasive phenomenon, exploring the short- ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published July 25th 2002 by The Guilford Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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Having suffered from ostracism from my family, I wish there was more information on the people who instigate the ostracism.What I found more painful was that my sibling has made her children and family members participate in it. It seems to hurt them.We feel it acutely as a loss. What drives a person to that level of cruelty? How has she been able to turn so many against us, when we have no idea why? I want answers.
Pamela In my opinion, it is fear that drives family members and anyone else, for that matter, to ostracize particular people. Sadly, it seems the scape goat …moreIn my opinion, it is fear that drives family members and anyone else, for that matter, to ostracize particular people. Sadly, it seems the scape goat role is a life-time sentence. It travels from family and on to workplace. Wish I had more answers for you. (less)
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