Structures of Social Life

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  • Book: Structures of Social Life. By Alan Page Fiske. Free Press, 1993

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For details see: Relational Model Typology - Fiske


"A sweeping, provocative intellectual adventure despite its leaden, textbookish prose, this tome holds that there are just four basic modes of social interaction: communal sharing (e.g., Quaker meetings, family togetherness); authority ranking; the reciprocal give-and-take of equality matching; and the cost/benefit calculus of market pricing. Fiske draws unfashionable conclusions: people are fundamentally sociable and often will prefer sharing to self-interest; duty and desire are not inherently opposed--in fact, they tend to coincide." (Publisher's Weekly)

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