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n. pl. phal·an·ster·ies
a. A self-sustaining cooperative community of the followers of Fourierism. Also called phalanx.
b. The buildings in such a community.
2. An association resembling a Fourierist phalanstery.

[French phalanstère : phalange, phalanx (from Latin phalanx, phalang-; see phalanx) + (mona)stère, monastery (from Late Latin monastērium; see monastery).]

phal′an·ste′ri·an (-stîr′ē-ən) adj. & n.
phal′an·ste′ri·an·ism n.
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(ˌfælənˈstɪərɪən) or


(Sociology) a person who supports the idea of phalansterism
(Sociology) relating to (the idea of) phalansterism
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questioned [Benjamin] even more insistently about what we sensed was his most authentic basis, namely, his personal version of a "phalansterian" revival.
(Benjamin 1999, 639) Benjamin's extraordinary note recognizes the "ou-topian" aspect that Fourier's phalansterian enclosures share with Sade's isolated castles: both are imaginative "nowheres" fenced off from the world where a new logic of social and passional combination--a "bonheur barbele"--can be explored.
The phalanstery would gather around 'fifteen hundred people of different fortunes, ages, characters, practical and theoretical knowledge, [...] and one would take care the greatest possible variety would exist, for the greater the variety the easiest it will be to harmonize them in little time' (31) Rossi in fact does not reach the point of stimulating competition between work groups, as Fourier does in the phalansterian model.
Soon afterwards he discovered Fourier's ideas and became a phalansterian socialist, financing in 1853 an experimental Fourierist colony in, of all places, Texas.
When the American Union of Associationists decided not to "become responsible for any Practical Movement at the present time," Horace Greeley and a cluster of investors formed the Phalansterian Realization Fund Society with the intent of building a phalanstery for the North American and otherwise transforming it into an ideal experiment ("Annual Meeting of the American Union of Associationists" 13).
The community was still reeling from the Raritan Bay defections, and the debate over whether to rebuild the mills on or off site undoubtedly revived memories of the struggle with the Phalansterian Realization Fund Society.