Workings of Rank and Relatedness

Rank is relative. It is in relation to a position in society or a hierarchical organisation, e.g. social class. Rank is contextual. In differing contexts we have different, momentarily-fixed, roles. As adults, we hold the role of parent within the family, sometimes the role of teacher in a learning environment and, perhaps at work, we hold a managerial role. Rank is complex. We have multiple ranks depending on the person in relation to whom we are momentarily positioned and t