The Dignity Movement in Academia

An increasing number of college courses have been incorporating the concept of rankism or using Somebodies and Nobodies as a central text. The courses listed below were mostly gleaned from the Internet. Please notify us if you know of any relevant courses that aren’t listed here or add them to the rankism wiki.



Iowa State University, Sociology, Spring 2006

Rutgers University, Social Problems, Fall 2005.

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Social Problems

Menlo College, Diversity in the Workplace, Summer 2006

Yale University, Somebodies & Nobodies Special Workshop, 2006

Stetson University, School of Business Administration, 2005

California Institute of Integral Studies, 2005

University of Virginia, Department of Sociology, 2006

Saint Leo University, Department of Criminal Justice

Chapman University, College Foundations, 2005

Ohio State University, School of Education, 2004

Belk College, Department of Economics, 2006

St. Mary’s College of California, Liberal Studies, 2005

California State University at Bakersfield, Department of Public Policy & Administration, 2006

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Communications & Information Sciences Ph.D. Program, 2005

Cape Cod Community College, Department of Sociology, 2005

Pacific Lutheran University, Sociology, 2006

University of Houston Clearlake, Psychology, 2006

Recommended reading for the Personality and Human Relationships Adult School.


Academic Papers and Textbooks

How Rankism Creates Unhealthy Classrooms by J. Cynthia McDermott (Paper given at Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA, 2006)

Workplace Rankism by Martin J. Lecker (Paper given at Tenth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, 2003)

Social Problems by Joel M. Charon and Lee G. Vigilant (2005)

Incivility in Nursing Education (Dissertation of Cynthia M. Clark, submitted to the University of Idaho in 2006)

Improving Education Quality (IEQ) Project (Malawi Institute of Education, 2003. See also Workplace Violence in the Health Sector.)

In My Classroom: A Guide to Reflective Practice (American Institutes for Research, 2002)

Conflict Communication and the Use of Quality Management Practices in Academic Departments (Master’s thesis of Ann H. Dodd, submitted to Pennsylvania State University in 2004)

Prophetic Art: An Exploration of Revelation and Ritual (Thesis of M. Atabet Parrott for Savannah College of Art and Design. Rankism also referenced in this new media project.)

Mad Science: Discourses on ‘Schizophrenia’ and ‘Therapy’ for Hearing Voices (Dissertation of Michael John Wise, presented to Murdoch University in 2004)

Imagine a World without Racism: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Address Tough Issues. Session of Organizational Development Network Congerence 2006.

Creativity at Work: A Leadership Guide. Published by the Canada School of Public Service.


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