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Introduction

  • Caroline Gerschlager

Abstract

The conviction that societies are based on principles of exchange is deeply rooted in modern self-understanding. In fact, modernity could even be characterised by its endeavour to understand social phenomena in terms of exchange. Consequently, the concept of exchange has become central to many fields of scholarly reflection. Economic and anthropological reflection, the focus of this volume, is a case in point. Multifaceted as the visions conveyed by the idea of exchange may be (paraphrased by concepts such mutual gain from trade, equivalent worth, reciprocity, tit for tat, do ut des), what they all have in common, interestingly enough, is a strong belief in ideals of rationality.

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Economic Exchange Economic Approach Social Dilemma Economic Concept General Equilibrium Theory 
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