News from the home front: Communities supporting military families

René Moelker, Gabriëlla Poot, Manon Andres, Ljubica Jelušič, Jelena Juvan, Leena Parmar, Maren Tomforde

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In this study the question is raised how family support should be organized so that it is as efficient and effective as can be. Exchange theory can provide an answer to this question while taking into account that the needs of individuals will differ. In the study that is presented here, generalized reciprocity is the key concept that is derived from exchange theory. All support systems, in the seven countries under study, have benefited somehow from generalized reciprocity. However, what is effective and efficient support in the perception of one individual will differ from someone else's, and also, support systems that are effective and efficient in country X will not be so in country Y. Even though benefiting from generalized reciprocity, in the end the support system has to be matched to the support arrangement, arriving at different solutions in different countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArmed Forces and Conflict Resolution: Sociological Perspectives
EditorsGuiseppe Caforio, Gerhard Kümmel, Bandana Purkayastha
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Insight
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781848551237
ISBN (Print)9781848551220
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameContributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development
ISSN (Print)15728323


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