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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
References in classic literature ?
So with Mesmerism, Swedenborgism, Fourierism, and the Millennial Church; they are poor pretensions enough, but good criticism on the science, philosophy, and preaching of the day.
Greeley, brilliant as he was, had a liberal weakness for all sorts of nostrums -- socialism, Fourierism, vegetarianism, phrenology, spiritualism, utopianism -- you name it.
Guarneri, The Utopian Alternative: Fourierism in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991), 15-20; Berry, America's Utopian Experiments, 85-86; Walters, American Reformers, 1815-1860, 67-75.
During the course of the documentary, as well as within the statements of the protagonists, several references to existing authors and works are made: the author from Cadiz, Joaquin Abreu--champion of Fourierism in Spain--or Le Droit a la paresse by Lafargue.
The European travel diaries of Abigail Mellen, 1830-1832; discovering Fourierism for America.
But the specter of Catholics as stealthy if silenced enemies of the Protestant religious consensus remained: in 1846, two years after the riots, a general assembly of the Presbyterian church met in Philadelphia and declared as its aims to "keep the Bible open" and to battle "universalism (atheism), Unitarianism (a dead religion), Fourierism (free thinking), and Romanism, the most subtle and dangerous of them all.