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Reciprocity in Human Societies

From Ancient Times to the Modern Welfare State

  • Antti Kujala
  • Mirkka Danielsbacka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 1-19
  3. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 21-37
  4. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 39-49
  5. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 51-57
  6. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 59-77
  7. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 105-154
  8. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 155-208
  9. Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka
    Pages 209-216
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-225

About this book

Introduction

Presenting new insights into reciprocity, this book combines Marcel Mauss’s well-known gift theory with Barrington Moore’s idea of mutual obligations linking rulers and the ruled. Teasing out the interrelatedness of these approaches, Reciprocity in Human Societies suggests that evolutionary psychology reveals a human tendency for reciprocity and collaboration, not only in a mutually cooperative way but also through increasing retributive moral emotions. The book discusses various historical societies and the different models of the current welfare state—Nordic (social democratic), conservative, and liberal— and the repercussions of the neoliberal policies of tax havens, tax cuts, and austerity with a cross-disciplinary approach that bridges evolutionary psychology, sociology, and social anthropology with history.

Keywords

reciprocity redistribution welfare state income inequality income distribution distribution of wealth vital inequality the gift Marcel Mauss Barrington Moore

Authors and affiliations

  • Antti Kujala
    • 1
  • Mirkka Danielsbacka
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Helsinki HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of Turku TurkuFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96056-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96055-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96056-2
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