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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: April 16, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W8MVYQC
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Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank Audible – Unabridged
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These ideas and the illuminating personal stories that he presents are worthy of about thirty pages. To fill out the book, he repeats himself, resulting in tedium for the reader. I lost count of the number of times that he reassured us that he does not oppose rank, merely the abuse of rank.
His analysis of oppression is not particularly deep, he tries too hard to force all problems into his paradigm, and his oversimplifications miss much of the structure that makes human suffering so prevalent and intractable.
In summary, nobody “needs” to buy this book. If you are interested in his ideas, first check out the web: breakingranks.net, dignitarians.org, for example.
Fuller's book is important to scholars of servant-leadership because it concerns itself directly with the living, breathing subjects at the wrong end of society's power equations, the ones whom Greenleaf asked after in his "best test": "And [italics original], what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?" (1977, p. 27).
Fuller's thesis is a sprawling one that cuts across many disciplines and related works. In annotating the text, I wrote "cf." everywhere in the margins: cf. Maslow; cf. Eric Berne; cf. Kierkegaard; cf. Nel Noddings; cf. Mill; etc. The book is treasure trove of insights, reflections, inspiring quotations, and, above all, a call for a social morality that recognizes the innate dignity and worth of every human being in every situation and at every moment.
Members of our present society objectify themselves and others by becoming, or valuing others, as either a "somebody" or a "nobody." In either case, the person is objectified and ceases to be real in a relational way. Fuller wrote that "attachment to somebody status is ultimately as futile and self-defeating as resignation to permanent nobody status. Somebodies who can't get down off their pedestals turn into stautes" (p. 41). On the other hand, for so-called nobodies "rankism takes a wide variety of forms, including maltreatment, discrimination, disrespect, discourtesy, disdain, derision, and condescension" (p. 98).
Fuller's great contribution to the servant-leadership literature is his insistence that that voice of the "nobody" should be heard when the "somebody" is making a decision.
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