The Risk Reduction Reciprocity Model Essay

1435 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Relationships, social networking, social media, society, all terms that imply cooperation, and a willingness engage with other people. Several researchers across multiple disciplines have studied these interactions and proceedings. Some looking to gain insight into why social interactions take place, and why relationships exist. Others seeking to explain that only certain types of interactions have value and what those values are. However, no single discipline focuses solely on cooperation, relationships, or their innerworkings. There are some that try to explain how cooperation and reciprocal relationships reduce the likelihood of risk in certain situations, and different researchers have proposed different models to explain this phenomenon. One of the best models that has been proposed is the risk reduction reciprocity model. This model looks at different types of relationships that were formed just for the purpose of reducing risks. However, it is possible to use the risk reduction reciprocity model to explain the formation of certain romantic relationships and friendships.
Marshall Sahlins (1972) describes three forms of reciprocity. These definitions that he has laid out will be beneficial in understanding risk reduction reciprocity and free riding, which will be later covered in research that will be presented later. The first type of reciprocity Sahlins (1972) describes is to as “transactions that are putatively altruistic on the line of assistance given and, if…

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