Utopian Studies 31 (1):220-225 (2020)

Michael Sanders
State University of New York, Stony Brook
The British Cooperative movement offers a curious case of utopianism in which Robert Owen's program for total social and economic transformation finds its most durable, practical expression in a small shop founded by the "Rochdale Pioneers." The success of the Rochdale model created a national, then international, movement that improved the lives of many working-class people, in multiple ways, in the period between 1860 and 1950. However, despite its undeniable success, the British Cooperative movement increasingly adapted to, rather than transformed, the social and economic order within which it operated: a case of utopia stalled or...
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