Work Title: Battle Between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home
Work Author(s): Julie Ann Wambach and Rita van Alkemade, illustrator
Softcover, $16.95 (224pp)
Reviewer: Kristine Morris
School shootings, abuses of power in the workplace, and spousal or child abuse are results of what Dr. Julie Wambach calls "rankism," or "the abuse of position within a hierarchy." Wambach identifies "rankists" as individuals who "move to meet their personal needs while depriving others of their own. They treat humans as objects without concern for individual feelings or safety." Rankist behaviors, whether exhibited by those considered "somebodies," or those seen as "nobodies" within a group, have damaging consequences for the individuals who engage in them, the groups to which they belong, and often, to innocent bystanders. All social creatures naturally arrange themselves in hierarchies, with different levels claiming for themselves different rights, privileges, and responsibilities. In more complex societies, individuals may belong to more than one hierarchy---a teacher, for example, may be at the highest level in his classroom, but at the bottom in his theatre group. In hierarchies that function well, all members are seen as vital to the efficient functioning of the whole, and are respected for performing their functions well; when a hierarchy is dysfunctional, rank is used as a means to control, or even harm, those of...