An Affect Theory of Social Exchange1

  title={An Affect Theory of Social Exchange1},
  author={Edward J. Lawler},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={321 - 352}
  • E. Lawler
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
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