Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of the Auroville Economic System (AVES): Towards a Sustainable and Ethical Economy
by Chawla Bhowmick, Pushan, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2011, 77; 10305793
Abstract (Summary)

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 community’s 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 AVES’s capacity to adapt these principles to conventional economic systems including communism, capitalism and collectivism.

Key Words: Alternative communities; economic system; sustainability; Auroville; India.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talcott, Charles
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Social structure
Keywords: Alternative communities, Auroville Economic System, Economic system, India, Sustainable economy
Publication Number: 10305793
ISBN: 978-1-369-49357-3
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