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Fourierism, colonization and discourses of associative emigration

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Drawing upon recent discussions in geography, this paper examines the discourses of emigration and colonization put forward by members of the British Fourierist movement. Through a close reading of the Fourierist newspaper, The London Phalanx, this paper explores how a set of ideas that are at face value a failure, when placed in context allow an understanding of nineteenth-century colonial projects.

Keywords: Fourierism; The London Phalanx; emigration; failure; progress; utopianism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, Email:

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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