Source: (1986) Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 174p.

Ten papers discuss the compatibility of mediation with the dominant norms and values of American culture, the effectiveness of mediation in resolving conflicts, changes in the use of mediation, and ways of sustaining mediation's use into the future. Articles that examine the compatibility consider how the institutional, organizational, and interpersonal levels of society accommodate the practice of mediation. Articles pertaining to the effectiveness focus on power imbalances in dispute resolution and the success of mediation in addressing domestic violence. Two articles on changes discuss New York's statewide mediation program. Articles pertaining to the continuity suggest how attorney resistance to mediation can be reduced and examine how the mediation of student conflicts in a New Jersey school district has been used.