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Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank Paperback – 15 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (15 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865714878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865714878
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,581,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When discrimination is race-based, we call it racism; when it's gender based we call it sexism. This book introduces 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 back to rankism.

About the Author

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.

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R. Schwenk
2.0 out of 5 starsA short book with lots of filler
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Joseph Phillips
5.0 out of 5 starsRankism is a better way to describe this than class
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M D Brady
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat intro and discussion of rankism as umbrella for all -isms
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Jack Bender
5.0 out of 5 starsThank God I've got a name for "IT!"
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Donald L. Delong
5.0 out of 5 starsTime for a change.
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