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Rational Choice and Social Exchange
A Critique of Exchange Theory

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Part of Themes in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: May 1976
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521290531

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  • When this volume was first published in 1976, exchange theory had recently come into the fore in sociology as an attempt to develop systematic theories of social behaviour comparable to those which economics had developed. In doing so it borrowed from many different intellectual traditions including economics and anthropology, behavioural sociology and on the traditional concerns of sociologists and social psychologists. Dr Heath provides a systematic exposition of the principle components of exchange theory, and goes on to give a critique of these theories, paying particular attention to the success of their empirical applications. He concludes that exchange theory, despite its limitations, has an important part to play in the development of social science and is one of the most promising theories available. Rational Choice and Social Exchange will be of interest to anyone concerned with the development of social science and in particular to students of sociology, anthropology, psychology and political science.

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    • Date Published: May 1976
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521290531
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I:
    2. The pure theory of rational choice
    3. Exchange and power in social life
    4. The logic of collective action
    5. The social psychology of exchange
    7. Emergent processed
    Part II:
    8. Rational choice revisited
    9. Rational choice theory applied
    10. Exchange and power again
    11. The theory of price
    12. Problems in the theory of groups
    13. Rights, deserts and need
    14. Gifts, favours and donations
    15. Social norms - final and efficient causes
    16. Conclusions

  • Author

    Anthony Heath

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