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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.

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"Educator and humanitarian Fuller follows up his Somebodies and Nobodies with this stimulating, scattershot manifesto on the fight against 'rankism,' or the abuse of power based on rank. While the notion subsumes racism, sexism and class inequality, rankism also addresses the thousand daily insults — inflicted by playground bullies, abusive bosses, officious bureaucrats, condescending academics and snobs — that everyone suffers in a hierarchical, status-conscious society. Fuller's program for a 'dignitarian society' emphasizes fine-grained reform of institutions and interpersonal relations, with lots of committee meetings and frank dialogues with rankist reprobates. A physicist by training, Fuller advances a deliberately vague, liberalish policy agenda, featuring schemes for conducting 'dignity impact studies before authorizing new uses of power.' Fuller insists that the dispassionate discussion of provisional 'models' of reality can resolve any dispute without recourse to rank-pulling; religious fundamentalists and rationalists, for example, should just 'build a 'meta-model' that reconciles the antagonists' views on basic methodological issues.' Fuller's high-mindedness sometimes verges on navet, but his provocative analysis illuminates a rich vein of social discontent. 20-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In his earlier Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (2003), Fuller (former president, Oberlin College) described the social problem of "rankism," a form of abuse of rank analogous to racism, sexism, ageism, and so on. Here he adds more detail about the scope of rankism in society and proposes means of fighting it in pursuit of a "dignitarian society," in which rank still exists, but all are equal in dignity. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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pagden, June 8, 2006 (view all comments by pagden)
Robert Fuller's All Rise provides an analysis of the social costs of rankism, and it lays the groundwork for building a dignitarian society. Anyone who is interested in developing a set of core values capable of unifying the "political middle" should check out this book!
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StephanieHeuer, June 7, 2006 (view all comments by StephanieHeuer)
I read Robert Fuller's first book in September of 2004 (Somebodies and Nobodies, Abuse of Rank), and it literally opened my eyes to a new concept of identifying rankism in the work place, and all other organizations I dealt with on a daily basis. After reading it, I wrote, what might be, the first resignation letter based on 'rankism' at the school where I was working. From there, the ideas in his book, inspired me to pursue writing my own children's book helping kids recognize and react too the somebody/nobody concept. His work is not about a book just idenitifying how rankism decays our society, but more about a movement which many of us wanted to join but didn't know where to sign up. All Rise,Somebodies and Nobodies and the Politics of Dignity, his second book, gives us working models for dignity in the workplace, personal relationships, government, and schools. With the cases presented, and models and templates, we can move forward with a dignitarian movement with a guide book of proven success stories, examples that show changes can occur. I hope people use it as a template for change for a more dignified society. This is not about a book, this is about a new way of thinking and a call for action. Join the movement towards a society free of rankism. Recognize it, identify it, and SAY something about it.

Stephanie Heuer
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Author; I feel like nobody when... I feel like somebody when...
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larry.miller, June 7, 2006 (view all comments by larry.miller)
My 12 year old transferred schools mid semester. He was the 'mayor' of his old school...very popular. Now he says, "I was a somebody, and now at the new school I am a nobody." The new school is better but he wants out.

It is easy to see it in kids, but Robert Fuller has identified an issue so pervasive and so ingrained that we adults don't even notice it. Sometimes it takes a great thinker (or a 12 year old) to show us the way.

This is a book about how to treat and be treated with dignity. Both a global blueprint and a personal one. Like our racial blindness only 50 years ago, rankism needs to be isolated so we can see it and conquer it. And that is what Robert Fuller does with deceiving simplicity.

I read the book on vacation. It is direct, simple and accessible. It makes its point with examples that will ring true to us all. Fuller makes his point so well, that it appears almost obvious.

Buy it. Read it. And read it again. This book will stay with you even if you don't have a 12 year old at home.
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ISBN:
9781576753859
Author:
Fuller, Robert W.
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Subject:
Business Ethics
Subject:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Bk Currents
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
203
Dimensions:
9.44x6.74x.86 in. 1.07 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Educator and humanitarian Fuller follows up his Somebodies and Nobodies with this stimulating, scattershot manifesto on the fight against 'rankism,' or the abuse of power based on rank. While the notion subsumes racism, sexism and class inequality, rankism also addresses the thousand daily insults — inflicted by playground bullies, abusive bosses, officious bureaucrats, condescending academics and snobs — that everyone suffers in a hierarchical, status-conscious society. Fuller's program for a 'dignitarian society' emphasizes fine-grained reform of institutions and interpersonal relations, with lots of committee meetings and frank dialogues with rankist reprobates. A physicist by training, Fuller advances a deliberately vague, liberalish policy agenda, featuring schemes for conducting 'dignity impact studies before authorizing new uses of power.' Fuller insists that the dispassionate discussion of provisional 'models' of reality can resolve any dispute without recourse to rank-pulling; religious fundamentalists and rationalists, for example, should just 'build a 'meta-model' that reconciles the antagonists' views on basic methodological issues.' Fuller's high-mindedness sometimes verges on navet, but his provocative analysis illuminates a rich vein of social discontent. 20-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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