Bringing Emotions into Social Exchange Theory
Lawler, Edward J.; Thye, Shane R.
We analyze and review how research on emotion and emotional phenomena can elaborate and improve contemporary social exchange theory. After identifying six approaches from the psychology and sociology of emotion, we illustrate how these ideas bear on the context, process, and outcome of exchange in networks and groups. The paper reviews the current state of the field, develops testable hypotheses for empirical study, and provides specific suggestions for developing links between theories of emotion and theories of exchange.
social exchange; emotion; social formation; bargaining; negotiation power
Required Publisher Statement: © Annual Reviews. Final version published as: Lawler, E. J., & Thye, S. R. (1999). Bringing emotions into social exchange theory [Electronic version]. Annual Review of Sociology, 25, (217-244). Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.