"A singularly brilliant and accessible analysis of some of the fundamental assumptions and driving principles of our time." --Comment Magazine
"A thin, enrapturing gem. It's accessible, sensible - exactly the sort of book that should have (and still could and should!) take off and create a tiny little dent in books." --Kenyon Review
"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." --Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org
"[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."
One of The Atlantic's "Best 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: corporations, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics; families, communities, social services, and philanthropy; nature and biodiversity; government, the public and private sectors, prisons, and public libraries; health care and medicine; religion, Christianity and churches; education, universities, and science; arts, culture, artists, and museums.
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.