Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank

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New Society, Apr 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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When discrimination is race-based, we call it racism; when it’s gender-based, we call it sexism.Somebodies and Nobodiesintroduces rank-based discrimination—or "rankism"—a form of injustice that everyone knows, but no one sees. It explains our reluctance to confront rankism, shows where analyses based on identity fall short and, using dozens of examples, traces many forms of injustice and unfairness to rankism.

". . . a wonderful and tremendously important book on the ‘ism’ that is far more encompassing than racism, sexism or ageism. ‘Rankism’ must be our prime target from now on in. Viva Fuller!"—Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofWorking

Robert Fuller served as president of Oberlin College and subsequently worked internationally as a "citizen diplomat." He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Review: Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank

User Review  - Tim Mcleod - Goodreads

The premise of this book was worthy, but filled with so much schlock that I had a hard time staying engaged. There were too many trite references to important social movements, which cheapened the ... Read full review

Review: Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I am sad that this book didn't sell as well as it should have. In our fame and status obsessed society there is a lack of dignity and respect that people share who aren't "somebody". It gives you a ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Robert Fuller has had three distinct careers. First, he taught physics at Columbia University in New York City. Second, he was president of Oberlin College which he led through a series of educational reforms, many of which drew national attention. A third career eventually came to be called "citizen diplomacy" which took him all over the world. Fuller is a correspondent for the Pacific News Service, and has written for numerous periodicals, with articles on rankism appearing most recently in the summer 2001 issue of Leader to Leader, a publication of The Peter Drucker Foundation.