Dignity for All : How to Create a World Without Rankism

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Dignity for All: It's Time!

In his books Somebodies and Nobodies and All Rise, Robert Fuller exposed rankism‹abuse of the power inherent in rank to exploit or humiliate someone of lower rank. In Dignity for All, Fuller and Pamela Gerloff offer a concise, action-oriented guide to the concrete steps we can take to eradicate it. They focus on us as individuals‹how we can recognize rankism in our own experiences, even in ourselves, and how, on a ...
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Dignity for All: It's Time!

In his books Somebodies and Nobodies and All Rise, Robert Fuller exposed rankism‹abuse of the power inherent in rank to exploit or humiliate someone of lower rank. In Dignity for All, Fuller and Pamela Gerloff offer a concise, action-oriented guide to the concrete steps we can take to eradicate it. They focus on us as individuals‹how we can recognize rankism in our own experiences, even in ourselves, and how, on a day-to-day basis, we can help others to see its insidious influence and work with them to create a better world.

Fuller and Gerloff offer advice on the best ways to forcefully but compassionately bring rankist behavior to light. They include examples of rankism in action as well as the often surprisingly simple things people have done to counteract it. Perhaps most importantly, they show how we can prevent rankism from taking root in the first place. Dignity for All will help you map out your own personal strategy for creating a society in which every human being feels truly valued and respected.
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What People Are Saying

Studs Terkel
"Rankism is far more encompassing than racism, sexism, or ageism and it must be our prime target from now on."--(Studs Terkel, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Working)
Rosalind Wiseman
"A clear mandate for transforming our society into a true democracy."--(Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes)
Thomas J. Scheff
"This handbook brings an exciting new voice to social science and to the public as well. I believe that these ideas are destined to play an important role in our century."--(Thomas J. Scheff, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Wes Boyd
"Dignity for All gives us the essential tools to stop abuses of rank and to build high-performing institutions and organizations based on respect."--(Wes Boyd, co-founder, MoveOn.org)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442961777
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009

Meet the Author

Fuller taught physics at Columbia University in New York. He later served as president of Oberlin College.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dignity: What Everybody Really Wants 1

Ch. 2 Naming the Problem 7

Ch. 3 Naming the Solution 14

Ch. 4 Rankism 101 18

Ch. 5 Groundbreakers and Trailblazers: That's You! 29

Ch. 6 Talking About Rankism 31

Ch. 7 Identifying and Targeting Rankism 37

Ch. 8 Detecting Warning Signs of Rankism 45

Ch. 9 Standing Up to Rankism 50

Ch. 10 Recovering from Rankism 59

Ch. 11 Preventing Rankism 61

Ch. 12 Building a Dignitarian World 70

Resource A Creating Your Own Plan for Change 71

Resource B Ten Ways to Foster Dignitarian Governance 77

Resource C Stories of Dignity Regained 80

Resource D How to Create a Culture of Dignity 82

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Practical Advice for a Better Society

    This new book by Robert Fuller and Pamela Gerloff builds on the seminal work of Dr. Fuller on the subject of rankism. Those earlier works identified and defined the concept of rankism, which is 'the abuse of the power attached to rank'. More than just another 'ism', rankism in fact encompasses all the isms (sexism, racicm, etc) because they all deal with someone abusing their power to get what they want. By identifying the problem, the authors give us the ability to understand and deal with it. This new book provides practical and useable advise on how to recognize rankism in others (easy) and in ourselves (much harder). It also provides gives tools to raise the issue in a way that is respectful of all parties. One of the hardest things to do is to respond to someone who is treating us without dignity in a way that demonstrates dignity for the offender. Yet, that is the only way to break the cycle of rankism. Told largely through the use of stories and examples, the book is an easy and enlightening read. Both as an overview of the subject of rankism, and as a treatise on how to address the issue, this book is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Dignity: Key to Personal Success and Global Peace and Prosperity

    When I first got ¿Dignity for All¿ I was very disappointed! It is a modest 100 pages, a quarter of an inch thick. But then, I started to read. Chapter one opens: ¿Dignity. Isn¿t that what everybody really wants? You me, yours parents, your children, your friends, your colleague at work: All of us want to be treated with dignity.¿ The authors, Robert Fuller and Pamela Gerloff play with the word ¿dignity¿. Dignity stems from Latin root, dingus, worthy. Then, they introduce a new word ¿rankism¿. Rankism, they state, is the enemy of dignity. It is the abuse of power attached to rank. ¿Sometimes rankism is unconscious a simple, unwitting misuse of power. But often, the misuse of power occurs because the perpetrator feels ¿special¿ or ¿better than¿ someone else and believes that this position of superiority carries with it license to diminish the other person¿s dignity.¿ Is this just another boring book or something very powerful? Robert Louis Stevenson said that ¿man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords¿. So, we have here two catchwords, ¿dignity¿ and ¿rankism¿. Can these ideas lead us to great possibilities? Think of some situations in your life where there is a lack of respect. What IF we asked for more respect, more dignity? What if there was more dignity in the world? What if the next president read ¿Dignity for All¿? Hey, you never know¿ I hope this tiny book will be widely read. See: Dignityforall.org . Great things come in small packages!

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