The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming . . .

@article{Felstiner1980TheEA,
  title={The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming . . .},
  author={William L. F. Felstiner and Richard L. Abel and Austin D. Sarat},
  journal={Law \& Society Review},
  year={1980},
  volume={15},
  pages={631}
}
The emergence and transformation of disputes, especially before they enter formal legal institutions, is a neglected topic in the sociology of law. We provide a framework for studying the processes by which unperceived injurious experiences are-or are not-perceived (naming), do or do not become grievances (blaming) and ultimately disputes (claiming), as well as for subsequent transformations. We view each of these stages as subjective, unstable, reactive, complicated, and incomplete. We… 
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