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Property ownership in the alternative environment of intentional communities


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Brown, DL 1980 , 'Property ownership in the alternative environment of intentional communities', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Many people in the Western world are seeking an alternative lifestyle
with others of the same mind in an environment more satisfying to their
social and biological needs. Although much has been written on the
socio-economic basis of such intentional communities and the history
of attempted alternative lifestyles and commutarian experiments, very
little investigation has been undertaken as to the various specifically
legal and related political and jurisprudential problems faced by
people who choose to live in community with each other. This thesis is
an applied study which attempts to set some of the aspects of structuring
the property holding in the context of the social desires of
groups and individuals and the political realities of the wider society
in which they exist; account is therefore taken of some of the
environmental implications.
Land is important, and its "subdivision" is considered. The problem
of common land is discussed. More radical questions thrown up by the
land holding difficulties of Australian aboriginal communities are
seen as a background to alternative communal land holding and use
generally. These difficulties include the fact of ownership, the
holding of land from the Crown, the owner's free alienability of
property, and the difficulties of collective ownership.
The need to separate the property holding arrangement from the
form of "business organisation" adopted by a community is put forward.
Various forms of property holding and structures of business organisation
are presented and some of their features (advantages and disadvantages)
are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Brown, DL
Keywords: Property, Collective settlements
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1980. Includes bibliography

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