Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankismby Robert W. Fuller, Pamela Gerloff
A companion publication to Robert Fuller's "All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity," DIGNITY FOR ALL offers a hands-on introductory guide that both helps readers recognize dignity as a basic human need and shows how we can foster it at every level of society.
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Fuller taught physics at Columbia University in New York. He later served as president of Oberlin College.
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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.
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!