Owenism

Discipline: Political Science

Views of -and following- the Welsh manufacturer and socialist Robert Owen (1771-1858).

Human character is shaped by circumstance. It can therefore be transformed by good working conditions, proper housing, and education.

Owen himself attempted to promote this by variously exhorting industrialists, establishing model communities, and encouraging pressure from below through trade unions and co-operatives.

Source:
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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