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I am working on my PhD Thesis about intra-network-structures in german
protestant churches. Building the theoretical foundation of the empirical
study, the perspective of solidarity in exchange networks, especially with
the differences between restricted (reciprocal) and general exchange (based
on Levi-Strauss and Ekeh) seems to be a promising approach to explain
conflicts and change processes in church comittees which are predominantly
managed by volunteers. (of course besides the question of power and
Now I am looking for some further literature, which work with this
theoretical approach. I am very interested in comparable empirical studies,
but also in further theoretical developments. The most up to date (and
nearly the only one) essay I know, which work with this approach is written
by Mary Rogers Gillmore (1987 - Implications of General Versus Restricted
Exchange; in Cook, Social Exchange Theory). I am sure (and hope, too) you
can tell me more articles, authors - or perhaps you know completely other
theoretical approaches which possibly helps me with my research.
Thank you for your thoughts.
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