A theory of social motives on altruism and egalitarianim

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The purpose of this paper is to lay theoretical foundations of social motives in dyad model from the view point of altruism and egalitarianism. I show following two findings. First, I show some criteria for classifying four approaches to social motives that were introduced by Umino. Second, by using the plane of altruism and egalitarianism I put in order various social motives. Then I clarify mutual relations among typical 13 social motives: for example "maxmin" is the weak type of altruistic and egalitarian motive and strong type of it is "a pang of conscience".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct 9
Externally publishedYes


  • Mutual Relations among Social Motives
  • Position of Social Motive Approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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