Coercion (Sociology)

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  • The use of threats, violence, physical force, sexual force, intimidation tactics, and so forth to force another person to do something or to stop doing something against his or her will. Once someone is coerced, he or she will succumb to the pressure and cooperate with or remain submissive to the coercer. Although the person submits to the coercer, he or she is not acting voluntarily. Coercion limits the victim's freedom, as well as his or her responsibility for his or her own behavior. The three main types of coercion are physical, psychological, and economic. Physical coercion, the most common of the three, involves inflicting physical injury or violence on a person or a person's loved ones. There is also nonphysical coercion, which involves the ...

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