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All Rise

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Robert Fuller's bestseller "Somebodies and Nobodies diagnosed and named the malady of rankism -- "what somebodies may do to nobodies." In this sequel, he further explores the social and psychological costs of this problem and counters it with the vision of a "dignitarian" society. Drawing on his experiences as a scientist, college president, and public diplomat, Fuller identifies rankism as the chief obstacle to achieving the American vision of liberty and justice for all -- and he spells out the steps required to eradicate it. Beginning with a call to action, the author exposes what is at stake by demonstrating rankism's poisonous presence in politics, business, and even personal relationships. By way of solutions, he offers alternative dignitarian models for several fundamental parts of society, including education, healthcare, politics, and religion. "All Rise illuminates the subtle, often dysfunctional workings of power in all our interactions, and shows why change is not only desirable but vital.

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