A Structural Theory of Social Exchange

  title={A Structural Theory of Social Exchange},
  author={Tom R. Burns},
  journal={Acta Sociologica},
  pages={188 - 208}
  • T. Burns
  • Published 1973
  • Sociology
  • Acta Sociologica
A theory is formulated with which to analyze transactions in social retationships Economic types of exchange characterized by calculation and self-interest on the part of the actors are contrasted with more "social" forms of transaction such as occur in the cases of role relationships with interlocking rights and obligations and persons strongly attached to one another. The social factors and conditions determining the types of transaction likely to occur between actors are examined in the… Expand
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