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The term Owenism derives from the British social reformer and industrialist Robert Owen (1771-1858). The term was already current in his lifetime, during the 1820s and 1830s, to describe his concepts and projects of social philosophy and as shorthand for the utopian socialist movements that drew inspiration from him (Utopian socialism 3.2.). In this context, Owenism primarily denoted various forms of self-organization of workers within the fledgling coop…

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Mittag, Jürgen, “Owenism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025185>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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