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All Rise

Book Description

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. Low rank—signifying weakness—marks people for abuse and discrimination in much the same way that race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation have long done. In All Rise, Fuller examines the personal, professional, and political costs of rankism and provides compelling models and strategies for realizing a post-rankist world in which everyone's dignity is upheld.

Fuller makes the case that rankism is the chief remaining obstacle to achieving liberty and justice for all, and shows how we can root it out. He doesn't propose that we do away with rank—without it organizations become dysfunctional—but rather argues for a “dignitarian” society in which rankism is no longer tolerated. He begins by demonstrating how rankism is rife in our social and civic institutions and then explores alternative dignitarian models for education, health care, politics, and religion.

All Rise describes an emerging “politics of dignity” that bridges the conservative-liberal divide to put the “We” back in “We the people.” It argues that democracy is a work in progress and that its next natural step is the building of a dignitarian society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. INTRODUCTION WHAT IS RANKISM?
    1. A Once and Future Nobody
    2. The Abuse of Rank
    3. Recognizing Rankism
    4. Power Matters
    5. The Dignitarian Perspective
    6. Organization of this Book
  5. 1 WHAT’S AT STAKE
    1. Seeing Rankism Everywhere
    2. Lethal Consequences
    3. A Way Out?
  6. 2 DIGNITY AND RECOGNITION
    1. Dignity: A Universal Human Right
    2. Indignity and Malrecognition
    3. What Would a Dignity Movement Look Like?
    4. Stages of the Movement
    5. A Dignitarian Business Model
  7. 3 MODELS OF DIGNITY
    1. We Are Model Builders
    2. Models Are Everywhere
    3. Models Evolve
    4. Models Are Commonplace
    5. Modeling Our Uses of Power
    6. An Example from Higher Education: A Template for Remodeling Institutions
  8. 4 DIGNITY IN THE WORKPLACE
    1. Ten Ways to Combat Rankism in the Workplace
    2. When the Boss Is a Bully
    3. Academia and Civil Service
    4. An Example from the World of Dance
  9. 5 DIGNITY IN EDUCATION
    1. Kids Are People, Too
    2. Learning with Dignity
    3. Antibullying Projects
    4. One-Upmanship and Elitism in Academia
    5. Educating a Population of Model Builders
    6. Demystifying Enlightenment—Jefferson Redux
  10. 6 RANKISM CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
    1. The Evolving Doctor-Patient Relationship
    2. Rankism Among Health Professionals
    3. The Health Benefits of Recognition
    4. Dignity: A Centerpiece of Health Care
  11. 7 THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN A DIGNITARIAN SOCIETY
    1. Institutional Rankism and a Permanent Underclass
    2. The Myth of Meritocracy
    3. Models of “Democratic Capitalism”
  12. 8 THE POLITICS OF DIGNITY
    1. Is Rankism Human Nature?
    2. The DNA of Democracy: Watchdog Processes
    3. Navigating the Ship of State
    4. A Dignitarian Model of Politics
  13. 9 A CULTURE OF DIGNITY
    1. Fundamentalism and the Dignitarian Perspective
    2. Ideology and the Dignitarian Perspective
    3. Identity in a Dignitarian Culture: A Self Model for the Twenty-First Century
    4. The Self: A Home for Identities
    5. Survival Tips for Dignitarians
    6. A Foreseeable Challenge
  14. 10 GLOBALIZING DIGNITY
    1. The “Evolutionary Blues”
    2. A World War in My Sandbox
    3. A Dignitarian Alternative to War
    4. What About Bad Guys?
    5. Malrecognition and Counterterrorism
    6. Handling “Domestic Violence” in the Global Village
  15. 11 RELIGION IN A DIGNITARIAN WORLD
    1. Religion: Dignifier of Humankind
    2. Religion and Science
    3. Religion and Values
    4. Religion and the Self
    5. The Eye of God
  16. 12 THE STEALTH REVOLUTION
    1. A Cautionary Note
    2. The Long-Range View
    3. Democracy’s Next Step
  17. AFTERWORD ALL RISE FOR DIGNITY
    1. Getting Started
  18. Notes
  19. Resources
  20. Acknowledgments
  21. Index
  22. About the Author