Lysistratic Non-Action

Lysistratic non-action is a form of protest that originated in a play written by Aristophanes around 400 BC. The play is a comedy about women striving to bring an end to the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata, the main character urges women to employ a weapon of withholding sex. This is the origin of the term “lysistratic non-action.”
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Social Boycott

Social boycotts are an effective means of social non-cooperation that involve the technique of identifying a target or entity for non-cooperation by implementing stringent social reprisals that result in ostracism and economic hardship against the target. These means often require hardships on both the ones doing the boycotting as well as the target due to the utility of the target in providing a service or product being disabled. The basic attempt in social boycotting is to ostracize and socially shame the target to the point of giving in to the demands of a particular group. Continue reading


Excommunication is a method of ostracizing or banishing a person or persons. It is a form of social non-cooperation and is often exercised by church officials. The term excommunication literally translates to being “out of communion”. It is usually a form of punishment in religious organizations. This act will exclude someone from the congregation but it also means much more. It calls for social banishment, not allowing the offender to be involved with any social activities related to the church. This includes burials, weddings, communion or any other social event. It does not allow for any membership of the religious community.
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An interdict is a method of nonviolent persuasion or protest. In order for this method to be used it needs be an action taken by someone who has authority of one sort or another over the target person or group. That would sometimes be either a church or religious group. An interdict can also be issued as an order of the court. Interdict is actually a shortened form of the words interlocutory edict.
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Selective Social Boycott

One method of nonviolent action is the selective social boycott. In a total social boycott, individuals are completely shunned or in other ways ostracized by a group in order to influence their beliefs or behaviors. All social relations with the targeted individuals are terminated. In a selective social boycott, only some types of relationships are involved. For example, when enemy troops occupy a foreign land, the resident shopkeepers may engage in conversations with the occupying troops, but will refuse to do business with them. In the aftermath of World War I, French and Belgian troops occupied a small section of Germany in order to force Germany to pay its war reparations. The German shopkeepers of this region refused to serve these troops in a selective social boycott.
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