Resource Theory of Social Exchange

  • Edna B. Foa
  • Uriel G. Foa
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


This chapter is an abridged version of an extensive chapter that Edna and Uriel Foa published in 1976 in which the basic tenets of their resource theory of social exchange are outlined. The authors discuss a variety of details and issues such as the definition and classification of resources as well as the reciprocal relationship between the structure of resources and interpersonal behavior. A number of new exchange rules are proposed, and some consequences of inappropriate exchanges are analyzed. Foa and Foa conclude their chapter with an interesting account of many instances in which SRT is relevant to and useful for the analysis of social issues.


Credit Card Interpersonal Behavior Positive Exchange Resource Theory Negative Exchange 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edna B. Foa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Uriel G. Foa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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