From Latin coercio, coercion is a Pressure that is exerted on a person to force a conduct or a change in your Will . Coercion, therefore, is associated with repression , restriction or inhibition.
For example: "The presence of the police acted as a coercion for the protesters", “The coercion paid off and the victim gave up the complaint”, "If the boy does not want to understand reasons, we will have to think of some method of coercion".
Generally, coercion is based on threat of the use of violence (physical or other) to condition the behavior of a person. Suppose a young man is mistreated by the police and is about to make a complaint before the Justice . When he leaves his home, he finds a patrol car at the door. He reaches the corner of his house and an officer asks for his documents. After several minutes, it allows you to continue on your way. Before arriving at the court, he receives a phone call but, when attending, he only hears a police siren. All these facts can act as a coercion so that the boy does not make the corresponding complaint.
It is often said that the legislation it works through coercion, since the threat of sanction causes people not to commit illicit for fear of the negative consequences imposed by the law. In this sense, if a person who sees how a woman neglects her purse plans to steal it, she may decide not to do so after thinking that if she is caught, she will surely go to jail.
Legal coercion occurs in a State of Right, through the imposition of sanctions that apply in the event that citizens violate a series of rules, which are limited through prohibitions. In other words, to be able to consider any standard as legal, there must be a coercive power to accompany it, which will involve the use of force to counteract a potential breach.
The penal code establishes a list of behaviors (which are outside the limits of the rules) to which a penalty must be imposed.
Peaceful coercion occurs frequently at the level international, and occurs in the form of a threat of sanction, which can be of an economic or diplomatic nature. It is worth mentioning that the threat of resorting to force (military intervention) is expressly prohibited by contemporary International Law.
While Internet It is an invaluable resource for education and communication, it is also used as a means of harassment through the inappropriate use of messaging systems (chat, email, mobile phone text messages) and sites such as blogs and fotologs, among others, with the purpose of exposing others and humiliating them publicly. It is a dangerous power play, which can ruin someone's life to make another pass a good time.
When used to exercise coercion, the Network becomes a threatening universe, which can expose our privacy, our bank details, the address of our home, and put us in risk or humble ourselves publicly in front of the entire world in a matter of minutes.
Other types of coercion
According to the point of view, it can be said that capitalist corporations have the power to act through coercion to control resources such as housing, water and food, vital for human beings, as is the case with the hydraulic economy. Some point out that in an open, unregulated market, coercion has no place, since the freedom to enter that competitors have overrides the possibility of threats and potential monopoly.