The Risk Reduction Reciprocity Model

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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…show more content…
195). This is relevant because it helps to better understand the free riding problem, which will be addressed and defined later on.
Quite a bit of research exists to highlight many types of relationships and how those relationships have reduced certain risks, or introduced new risks. Many researchers have tried to consider the uniqueness of the common examples that have been accented in anthropological research, like the Bantu people and the Basarwa people that Elizabeth Cashdan (1985) discusses. Although not all researchers have been as successful in identifying risk reduction reciprocity model in cross-cultural examples, such as Bliege Bird et. al. (2002), which proposed that this could be because of their treatment of free riders or just that they practice food and resource sharing without any concern for reducing risk of loss of resources. Either way, as previously mentioned quite a bit of research has been conducted to identify types of risk reduction reciprocity strategies, and much more research has been done to examine different types of relationships. Overall, the primary concern of this paper is going to be trying to identify a relationship or association between the proposed model and the formation of different types
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