Gratitude and Gift Exchange

Aafke Elisabeth Komter

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Gratitude and Gift Exchange

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This chapter examines the imperative nature of gratitude. It provides evidence for the “gratitude imperative” in cross-cultural studies of gift giving and receiving and describes the ways by which gratitude compels people to return the benefit that they have received. It also evaluates how gratitude can be complicated by issues of power, social status, and dependence in instances of asymmetrical reciprocity.

Keywords: gratitude; gift giving; cross-cultural studies; gift exchange; asymmetrical reciprocity

Chapter.  8354 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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