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An Analysis of the Auroville Economic System (AVES) : towards a sustainable and ethical economy

Author: Pushan Chawla Bhowmick
Publisher: Paris : American University of Paris, 2011.
Dissertation: Thesis (MAIA) - American University of Paris.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : English
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"The following case study examines the economic system of Auroville, a universal township founded in honor of Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo and based on his spiritual teachings. Located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Auroville aims to embody human unity through diversity and become the epicenter of a global shift of consciousness en route to an evolution of the human species. The founder of  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pushan Chawla Bhowmick
OCLC Number: 801490422
Description: 69 p. : ill., 30 cm.
Contents: --
I Introduction 1 --
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II Chapter OneTheory 4 --
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A Literature review 4 --
b Methodology 5 --
c The Development of Intentional Communities 6 --
d The Kibbutz Model 8 --
e The Defining Characteristics of an Economic Model 11 --
f Communism and its Relevance to Intentional Communities 13 --
g Capitalism: the Dominant Ideological System 16 --
III Chapter Two Auroville Case Study 20 --
a Auroville, The Mothers Dream 22 --
b The Principles of the AVES 24 --
c History of the AVES 25 --
d The Auroville Foundation Act 28 --
e The Modern Day AVES 31 --
f The AV Central Fund 31 --
g The Maintenance System and its Structure 32 --
h Auroville Services 34 --
i The Pour Tous Distribution Centre (PTDC) 35 --
j Aurovilles Commercial Sector: Income Generator for the Township 37 --
k Housing and Property 39 --
IV Chapter Three Critical Analysis and Evaluation of the AVES 42 --
a The Defining Economic Characteristics of the AVES 42 --
i Organization of decision making arrangements 42 --
ii Mechanisms for the Provision of Information and Coordination 44 --
iii Property Rights 45 --
iv Mechanisms for Setting Goals and for Inducing People to Act 45 --
b The Institutionalization of Auroville 46 --
c Overlapping Economic Ideologies Present in the Current AVES 49 --
d Aurovilles Commercial Sector: An Assessment of Current Challenges 49 --
e The Maintenance System and Money Paradox 52 --
f Housing and Property Issues 55 --
V Conclusion 58 --
VI Bibliography 63 --
VII Appendices 68
Responsibility: Pushan Chawla Bhowmick.

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"The following case study examines the economic system of Auroville, a universal township founded in honor of Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo and based on his spiritual teachings. Located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Auroville aims to embody human unity through diversity and become the epicenter of a global shift of consciousness en route to an evolution of the human species. The founder of Auroville, referred to as The Mother, enumerated a set of principles and guidelines for an Aurovilian economy including no private ownership of property and the non circulation of money within the communitys boundaries. The present study looks at these principles and analyzes their practical application within an emerging alternative economic system. The study argues that the Auroville Economic System, AVES, is a hybrid system whose sustainability does not lie solely within these principles but also lies within the AVESs capacity to adapt these principles to conventional economic systems including communism, capitalism and collectivism. "

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