Reciprocity, Altruism and Civil Society
* Book: In praise of heterogeneity: Reciprocity Altruism and the Civic Society. By Luigino Bruni. Routledge, London, 2008
"The main emphasis of this new book from Luigino Bruni is a praise of heterogeneity, arguing that society works when different people are able to cooperate in many different ways. The author engages in a novel approach to reciprocity looking at its different forms in society, from cautious or contractual interactions, to the reciprocity of friendship to unconditional behaviour.
Bruni's historical-methodological analysis of reciprocity is a way of examining the interface between political economy and the issue of sociality, generally characterized by 'two hundred years of solitude' of the homo economicus." (http://www.edc-online.org/en/publications/books/english-books-en/6323-reciprocity-altruism-and-civil-society.html )