Rankism can occur in any social hierarchy, such as governments, corporations, families, non-profit organizations, and universities.
Use of termedit
The term rankism first appeared in print in the Oberlin Alumni Magazine for fall of 1997. It later appeared in a book called Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, written by Fuller and published in 2003.
Other notable references of rankism include Fuller's second book on the subject, All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity, and an action-oriented guide titled Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism.
The Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (Human DHS) network has also accepted the concept of rankism as core to its mission. It asserts, "...the mission we have undertaken at Human DHS is the confrontation of abuse, rankism and the humiliation endemic to it, on the historical scale."
Professional mediator Julia Ann Wambach uses Fuller's definition of rankism to explore the abuse of position within a hierarchy from both up and down the lines of power, including how rankism feeds on itself in group contexts.
Rankism and dignityedit
According to Fuller, the abuse of rank is experienced by victims as an affront to their dignity. Fuller and his supporters have launched a new social movement to promote the creation of a dignitarian society. The Dignity Movement's goal is to overcome rankism in the same way that the civil rights movement and women's movements target racism and sexism.
^Fuller, Robert. "Rankism: A Social Disorder". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
^Fuller, Robert. "Democracy's Next Step: Building a Dignitarian Society". Retrieved 2008-09-19.
^Fuller, Robert (Fall 1997). "Campus Activities (sidebar)". Oberlin Alumni Magazine.
^Fuller, Robert W. (2003). Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers. ISBN 0-86571-486-X.
^Fuller, Robert W (Summer 2001). "A New Look at Hierarchy: How do we make sure that rank is exercised appropriately?". Leader to Leader. 21.
^Fuller, Robert W. (2006). All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. ISBN 978-1-57675-385-9.
^Fuller, Robert W.; Pamela A. Gerloff (2008). Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. back cover. ISBN 978-1-57675-789-5.
^The Human DHS Team. "Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: Who We Are - A Brief Overview". Retrieved 2008-09-24.
^Wambach, Julie Ann (2008). Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and At Home. Brookside Press. ISBN 978-0-9814818-0-7
^Fuller, Robert. "Dignity: A Universal Right". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
Berger, Daniel (August 2005). "Book review: Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank". Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 198 (8): 571. doi:10.1097/01.nmd.0000172656.22250.24. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11.
Ehrenreich, Barbara (2008). This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books. ISBN 978-0-8050-8840-3.
Kleiner, Art (2004). "Diversity and its discontents". Strategy + Business (Spring 2004).
Knisely, Robert (April 2003). "Rank prejudice". Washington Monthly. 35 (4).
Brazen Careerist - Penelope Trunk, (August 27, 2006) "Battle Cry Against Power Tripping" interview with Robert Fuller, at Brazen Careerist
Breaking Ranks - Bibliography on Fuller's website
Breaking Ranks - Other articles by Fuller
Canadian Living - Diana Fisher, "Rankism: Bullying someone of a lower rank at work"
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies - an organization composed of over one thousand academics and practitioners from around the globe dedicated to confronting humiliation
Dignity – SpiritualWiki article
Right-Rank.com Archived 2006-06-14 at the Wayback Machine – Right-rank is the use of communication skills by anyone within a hierarchy to promote respect for the dignity of everyone regardless of position.
SomebodyBook.com - I Feel Like Nobody When... I Feel Like a Somebody When... (children's book that introduces issues related to rankism), Stephanie Heuer (2005)
YubaNet.com - '"Executive" monkeys influenced by other executives, not subordinates', Duke University Medical Center (March 22, 2006)