Rankism is "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy".[1]Rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, hazing, ageism, sexism, ableism, mentalism, homophobia and transphobia. The term "rankism" was coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller.


Rankism can take many forms, including

Rankism can occur in any social hierarchy, such as governments, corporations, families, non-profit organizations, and universities.[2]