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Coercive Power in Social Exchange : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - Linda D. Molm

Coercive Power in Social Exchange

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

Paperback Published: 16th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521574617
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book describes the progression and results of a decade-long experiment on power in social exchange relations. Exchange theorists have traditionally excluded punishment and coercion from their analyses; but Molm examines whether exchange theory can be expanded to include reward and coercive power. She develops and tests a theory that emphasizes the interdependence of reward and coercive power, finding that they are fundamentally different, not only in their effects on behavior, but also in the incentive and the risks of power use.

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"The book represents a model of...disciplined theory construction." Karen S. Cook, American Journal of Sociology "This fine book offers us strong science and particularly useful knowledge...it will be valuable for graduate students. It should be required reading for anyone interested in social exchange or power." Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Contemporary Sociology

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction and overview
Social exchange and power
Punishment and coercion
An experimental setting for studying power in exchange relations
The early research: experimental tests and theoretical puzzles
The structural determination of power use
Dependence and risk: structural constraints on strategic power use
Injustice and risk: normative constraints on strategic power use
The effects of coercion: compliance or conflict?
A theory of coercion in social exchange
Conclusions and implications
Definitions of basic concepts of social exchange
The experimental instructions for the standardized setting
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ISBN: 9780521574617
ISBN-10: 0521574617
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 16th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.38

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