reciprocal exchange

(noun) The nonmarket transfer of goods or services between two or more people based on role determined obligations.

Example: The Kula exchange (also called Kula ring) in the Trobriand Islands near Papua New Guinea as studied by Bronislaw Malinowski (1884–1942).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: reciprocal exchanges
  • Also called reciprocity.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “reciprocal exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

reciprocal exchange. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “reciprocal exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“reciprocal exchange.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/>.