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A system for social reform advocated by Charles Fourier in the early 1800s, proposing that society be organized into self-sustaining communal groups.

Fou′ri·er·ist, Fou′ri·er·ite′ (-ə-rīt′) n.


(Sociology) the system of Charles Fourier under which society was to be organized into self-sufficient cooperatives
ˈFourierist, Fourierite n, adj
ˌFourierˈistic adj


(ˈfʊər i əˌrɪz əm)

the social system proposed by François Marie Charles Fourier under which society was to be organized into self-sufficient phalanxes large enough for all industrial and social requirements.
[1835–45; < French fouriérisme]
Fou′ri•er•ist, Fou′ri•er•ite` (-əˌraɪt) n.


a utopian social reform, planned by the French social scientist F.M. Charles Fourier, that organized groups into cooperative units called phalansteries, as Brook Farm. Also called phalansterianism. — Fourierist, Fourierite, n.
See also: Communalism
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Like Fourier's oceanic lemonade, the essay's scope stretches across time and geography to examine the dystopian hyper-connectivity of the fourieristic phalanx; to connect Francis George Shaw's interpretation of Fourier to British-born Anna Leonowens' Romance of the Harem (1873); and to explore the "effacing, self-annihilating effects" of Fourierism's "hyper-sociality" through Hawthorne's depiction of the Veiled Lady.
Parrington in his Main Currents of American Thought recognized this special difficulty when he described her life as "an epitome of the great revolt of the New England mind against Puritan asceticism and Yankee materialism," for in her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845) Fuller discussed openly "pretty much everything that was taboo in Boston society": "It was a bold thing to do, needing more courage even than to engage in a Fourieristic onslaught upon the conventions of private property.
19) These Fourieristic communal experiments, which included Brook Farm and Raritan Bay Union, attracted a great deal of public attention, yet all but disappeared by 1855.
In his critique, he echoes the Fourieristic terminology of "passion": "Socialism is never tired nor ashamed of crying out that it alone, it first, is going to emancipate woman, by making her independent of man; to emancipate her again, by giving her up to follow her passions" (641).
In 1844, influenced by <IR> ALBERT BRISBANE </IR> , Brook Farm became a Fourieristic phalanx, and in 1846 a fire destroyed much of the association's property.
A number of Fourieristic communities and periodicals were founded in France, and several novels by George Sand show the influence of Fourier's ideas.
Phoebe even does Holgrave one better when, at the end of the novel, she invites Uncle Venner to live in the country-seat instead of the Fourieristic "farm": "you must never talk any more about your farm