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Finding conceptual tools that lend themselves to the creation of consensus
is no easier in an age of mass communication, mass transportation or mass education,
than it was in earlier less "modern," technology adventurous, times. In fact,
as I argue in this dissertation, modernity can be analyzed and experienced as
being anathema to those characteristics upon which consensus can be built. This
dissertation examines why this is the case and what may be done to ameliorate
the worst excesses of modernity while building on its greatest strengths.