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By Albert Borgmann

ISBN-10: 022616148X

ISBN-13: 9780226161488

During this eloquent consultant to the meanings of the postmodern period, Albert Borgmann charts the choices prior to us as we search possible choices to the joyless and synthetic tradition of intake. Borgmann connects the elemental rules riding his knowing of society's ills to each sphere of up to date social lifestyles, and is going past the language of postmodern discourse to supply a powerfully articulated imaginative and prescient of what this new period, at its top, has in shop.

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This genius is well expressed in the corporate line-and-staff organization where the entire responsibility for a well-defined and coherent part of a corporation is entrusted to one individual. The person in a line position, aided by a staff, occupies a place in the corporate hierarchy and has broad control over his or her particular realm. 60 At the same time, the individual has a prospect of rising in the hierarchy and commanding an ever more inclusive portion of it. In this way, the individuals identify themselves with the corporation and in turn elaborate its identity through their individual efforts.

Destruction came in the guise of ostentation. This was the time when department stores, libraries, and opera houses were erected as magnificent settings in which the public could gather and enjoy itself. But the people who filled these spaces had become silent, passive, and distracted. No longer actors and connoisseurs of public spectacles, they had begun to turn into recipients and consumers of commodities, produced for them by experts. 72 The railroad companies played a central role in the transformation of the common order.

McCammon had been appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate a right-of-way agreement for the transcontinental line of the Northern Pacific Railroad to run through the reservation. These Native Americans had been moved repeatedly from their ancestral lands in Idaho and Western Montana, and were eventually confined to the Flathead Reservation. They wanted to be left alone on the last remnant of their country. 23 But once more he was being pressed by the modern conquest of the continent.

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