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Here are some references to AJS-papers that may be of interest to you:
Buchan, N.R., Croson, R.T.A. & Dawes, R.M. (2002). Swift Neighbors and
Persistent Strangers: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Trust and
Reciprocity in Social Exchange, American Journal of Sociology, 108(1):
Takahashi, N. (2000). The Emergence of Generalized Exchange. American
Journal of Sociology, 105(4): 1105-1134.
Bearman, P. (1997). Generalized Exchange. American Journal of Sociology,
Uehara, E. (1990). Dual Exchange Theory, Social Networks, and Informal
Social Support. American Journal of Sociology, 96(3): 521-557.
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> Dear Socnetters,
> 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.
> Andreas Techen
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