Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing Everything

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Red Clover Press, Apr 25, 2011 - Civilization
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Winner of the 2011 George Orwell Award. 

One of The Atlantic's top psychology books of 2011. 

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 and writes in British Columbia.

 

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User Review  - ParadigmTree - LibraryThing

Monoculture's premise is that the "economic story" has become the dominant paradigm in our culture to the point, where is has become so embedded we don't really question it. Monoculture spends the ... Read full review

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User Review  - cdogzilla - LibraryThing

An interesting idea given utterly superficial treatment. You'd think a book that's nearly a third references and recommended reading would be more substantive. Virtually the only passages worth taking note of were the epigrams and extended quotes from other works. Read full review

Contents

What Is a Monoculture?
1
The One Story
7
Your Work
21
Your Relationships With Others and the Natural World
33
Your Community
47
Your Physical and Spiritual Health
63
Your Education
83
Your Creativity
93
The Monoculture Effect
105
Finding Another Way
115
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