Perspectives from ethnography on weak and strong reciprocity

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Abstract

To add ethnographic perspective to Guala's arguments, I suggest reasons why experimental and ethnographic evidence do not concur and highlight some difficulties in measuring whether positive and negative reciprocity are indeed costly. I suggest that institutions to reduce the costs of maintaining cooperation are not limited to complex societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-45
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Cultural Anthropology
reciprocity
ethnography
Costs and Cost Analysis
costs
society
evidence
Strong Reciprocity
Ethnography
Ethnographic
Complex Societies
Costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Perspectives from ethnography on weak and strong reciprocity. / Wiessner, Pauline.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 35, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 44-45.

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