chapter  6
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Social Innovation: From Scheme to Utopia

By the nineteenth century, the meaning of the concept of innovation had become suffi ciently large that it included all kinds of innovators. Last on the list, it was the social reformers’ turn to be accused of being innovators. This chapter concludes the study of the prohibition episteme and looks at social innovation. The phrase social innovation emerged in the fi rst quarter of the nineteenth century and served to label the social reformer or socialist, accused of overthrowing the established order, namely property and capitalism.