social death

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social death

What is said to happen to people who are not viewed or accepted as human by society at large, as through segregation or persecution based on race, gender, or religion. Slavery is tied to the concept of social death, as slaves had no power at all and were treated as property of their masters, rather than human beings in their own right.
See also: death, social
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