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Compare and contrast zero-sum game and non-zero-sum game and provide an example of each. With Carol Gilligan's work on moral development in mind, which gender do you think would prefer which situation? Explain your opinion

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The use of zero sum and non-zero are game terms used to refer to situations in which there are gains and losses. The term zero-sum refers to a definite competitive situation where the sum taken by one reduces what is available to another; whereas the non-zero term can be competitive or non-competitive in terms of gains or losses can be less than or more than zero. Spangler (2003) refers to a zero-sum game as the outcome of a dispute or negotiation such as measured amount of wealth that each party receives. For instance, a zero-sum situation indicates that a win for one party will be a definite loss for the other. He offers this example, if one party gets a 1000 more, the other party gets l000 less. Consequently, the wins and losses add up to zero. Further explained, by Spangler, "If there is a fixed amount of money.....if there is only one job, one person will get the job, and the other person will not—one win and one job loss equals zero".

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This solution discusses the concept of zero and non-zero games in the context of Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development.

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