Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing Everything

Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing Everything

By F S Michaels

Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how the narrowing of diversity and creation of a monoculture--or one story--is changing everything.


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Publisher: Red Clover
Publish Date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 202
ISBN-13: 9780986853807
ISBN-10: 0986853801
Language: English

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Winner of the George Orwell Award.

One of The Atlantic's best books of the year.

As human beings, we've always told stories: stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we're going. Now imagine that one of those stories is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Because of the rise of the economic story, six areas of your world - your work, your relationships with others and the environment, your community, your physical and spiritual health, your education, and your creativity - are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And because how you think shapes how you act, the monoculture isn't just changing your mind - it's changing your life.

In Monoculture, F.S. Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how one story is changing everything. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils. Michaels has an MBA and lives in British Columbia, Canada.

  • "...a singularly brilliant and accessible analysis of some of the fundamental assumptions and driving principles of our time." - Comment Magazine

  • "A single lucid narrative that's bound to first make you somewhat uncomfortable and insecure, then give you the kind of pause from which you can step back and move forward with more autonomy, authenticity and mindfulness than ever." - The Atlantic

  • "A thin, enrapturing gem. It's accessible, sensible--exactly the sort of book that should have (and still could + should!) take off and create a tiny little dent in books." - Kenyon Review

  • "A smart and realistic guide to first recognizing the monoculture and the challenges of transcending its limitations." - Maria Popova,

  • "I found myself reading non-stop, underlining like astute explanation about what I've been feeling recently, something I couldn't put my finger on...[Michaels] writes in clear, energetic prose that's thoughtful, engaging and unforced. She defines and analyzes without judgment or insistence...a breath of fresh air." - NPR

  • "5 stars: The cause and effect of our world is more surprising than you'd think. With intriguing notions about the driving ideas of stories in every shape of our life, "Monoculture" is an incredibly fascinating way about how the mind works and today's consumer culture." - Midwest Book Review

  • "If you just read one book this year, read this one." -

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