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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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G. J. Holyoake (1807–1906): a resource for a journey of hope?

G. J. Holyoake (1807–1906): a resource for a journey of hope?

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Mainstreaming Co-Operation

Stephen Yeo

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores life and ideas of George Jacob Holyoake, one of the leading figures of the British co-operative movement in the nineteenth century. An Owenite socialist and secularist who became well known as the last Briton imprisoned for blasphemy, Holyoake was a powerful orator and journalist on behalf of the developing co-operative movement. The chapter argues that Holyoake’s life and work offer key insights for the present co-operative movement, by offering a set of ideas that offer a moral and social dimension conspicuously absent from the profit-maximising individualism of neoliberal theory and modern capitalism.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement (UK), G. J. Holyoake, Secularism, Socialism, Owenism, Capitalism, Ethics, Association, Tradition

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