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Dignity for All by Pamela Gerloff, Robert W. Fuller

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chapter nineStanding Up to Rankism

Once you have identified a rankist attitude or behavior, you will need to assess your options for responding. Could you, for example, talk to the people involved, discuss the matter with a higher-ranking individual, or write a letter to a local newspaper? The following approaches may help you select from the many available choices. [A list of suggested resources is available at www.dignityforall.org.]

Interpersonal

Approaches used in other disciplines, such as Marshall Rosenberg’s non-violent communication training or physicist David Bohm’s pioneering work on Deep Dialogue, can provide ideas, skills, and strategies for responding effectively to rankism, using an interpersonal approach. The “shalom building” ...

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