A comparison of patterns of conflict resolution in societies.
The author looks how these are adapted to the needs of a particular social system, reflect the societies’ moral standards, their need to conform with certain norms and their attempt to preserve expectations.
The definition of law is a topic that has been widely discussed. Some scholars say that law is a major social institution that is found in all societies in widely divergent forms. Others feel that law only exists where some individual group possesses the authority to impose sanctions. Whatever the definition, it is obvious that conflict exists in all societies and all societies have different ways of attempting to settle their differences.