This lecture explores the history of legal recognition for co-operatives in the United Kingdom from a critical and socio-legal perspective, situating this within broader transformations in political economy and forms of regulation in the mid-nineteenth century. The lecture will consider ways in which legal recognition, while enabling co-operatives to develop, may have also had the effect of disciplining working class social movements and circumscribing the way that we imagine alternatives to capitalism. 

Bio: Dr Tara Mulqueen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. Dr Mulqueen’s research areas include the history of the co-operative movement in the United Kingdom, critical legal theory, and public legal education. 

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