Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 25, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952637 | Print ISBN: 9780761923879 | Online ISBN: 9781412952637| Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Scott W. Barclay
Sociolegal scholars use the metaphor of a pyramid to represent an aggregate view of the multiple stages inherent in the transition of individual social disputes from recognition and development through to eventual resolution. The chosen shape of a pyramid captures the idea of the exponential decline in the number of claims that individuals pursue at each stage of a long dispute resolution process. The dispute resolution process embodied in the image of a pyramid ranges from the possible actions in relation to grievances that exist prior to any dispute through to the resolution of legal claims presented to a court. The multiple stages in the pyramid represent the many points at which potential grievances either fail to be initially recognized as a dispute or, if recognized as a dispute, fail to be further pursued for some reason. Thus, the conflict pyramid is a reflection of the empirical findings of the ...