Sociologists bring a unique perspective to the study of the processing of conflicts. They may be experts in substantive areas in which alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques are used as well as experts in process such as getting the parties to the table and keeping them there to discuss the issues. Sociologists are also trained to observe social interactions and remain neutral in their analyses of what they observe. The authors discuss the contributions that sociologists can make in the study of ADR, including theoretical, research, and critical works on conflict resolution process.
Volpe, Maria R. and Maida, Peter R.
"Sociologists and the Processing of Conflicts,"
Sociological Practice: Vol. 10
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/socprac/vol10/iss1/3