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Rational Choice and Social Exchange : A Critique of Exchange Theory - Anthony Heath

Rational Choice and Social Exchange

A Critique of Exchange Theory

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Published: 19th July 1976
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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.

Preface
Introduction
The pure theory of rational choice
Exchange and power in social life
The logic of collective action
The social psychology of exchange
Emergent processed
Rational choice revisited
Rational choice theory applied
Exchange and power again
The theory of price
Problems in the theory of groups
Rights, deserts and need
Gifts, favours and donations
Social norms - final and efficient causes
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521290531
ISBN-10: 0521290538
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 19th July 1976
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31