Reciprocity, Altruism and Civil Society

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* 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." ( )