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Gift Giving as Agapic Love: An Alternative to the Exchange Paradigm Based on Dating Experiences

Russell W. Belk and Gregory S. Coon
Journal of Consumer Research
Vol. 20, No. 3 (Dec., 1993), pp. 393-417
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2489355
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

The social sciences are dominated by a paradigm that views human behavior as instrumental exchange. It is not surprising that consumer research on gift giving has also been dominated by this exchange paradigm. The present research on dating gift giving among American college students finds support for two variants of this paradigm, but it also reveals an alternative paradigm of gift giving as an expression of agapic love It is suggested that agapic expressiveness is a needed addition to exchange instrumentalism for understanding gift giving and perhaps for understanding consumer behavior in general

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