Source: (1988) Law and Society Review 22(4):709-735.

This paper examines how community mediation is made, and how it is ideologically constituted. The ideology of community mediation is produced through an interplay among three ideological visions of community mediation and organizational models, and by the selection and differential use of mediators to handle cases. The authors argue that ideologies are formed through the mobilization of symbolic resources by groups promoting different projects. The authors conclude that the ambiguities in community mediation are being replaced by consensus on the nature of the mediation process itself.