All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jun 15, 2006 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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In his groundbreaking book Somebodies and Nobodies, Robert Fuller identified a form of domination that everyone has experienced but few dare to protest: rankism, abuse of the power inherent in rank to exploit and humiliate someone of lower rank. It plays a role in just about every form of social oppression—racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance all have a significant element of rankism in them. Most everyone has felt the sting of rankism--at the hands of a dictatorial boss, a condescending teacher, an arrogant doctor, or an imperious bureaucrat. But, equally, most everyone has inflicted it on someone of lower rank. That we are, all of us, both victims and perpetrators of rankism mandates a novel, multifaceted strategy for confronting it. Fuller isn't proposing that we do away with rank--without it organizations become dysfunctional. He's not advocating an egalitarian society where all are equal in rank but rather a "dignitarian" one where all are equal in dignity: a society in which rankholders are held accountable, rankism is shunned, and dignity is broadly protected.
 

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INTRODUCTIONWHAT IS RANKISM?
1WHATS AT STAKE
2DIGNITY AND RECOGNITION
3MODELS OF DIGNITY
4DIGNITY IN THE WORKPLACE
5DIGNITY IN EDUCATION
6RANKISM CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
7THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN A DIGNITARIAN SOCIETY
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11

8THE POLITICS OF DIGNITY
9A CULTURE OF DIGNITY
10GLOBALIZING DIGNITY
11RELIGION IN A DIGNITARIAN WORLD
12THE STEALTH REVOLUTION
AFTERWORDALL RISE FOR DIGNITY
Notes
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 12
AFTERWORD
Resources
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
About BerrettKoehler Publishers
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