Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Peace & Conflict Studies Department

First Advisor

Michael S. Wilson Becerril


In our social world, the way we talk about things matters. Our construction of the social factors that influence us affects how we perceive them and what we can do about them. The United States fosters intense domestic hostility and hatred, often manifest through problems considered “social justice issues.” A liberal framing of “social justice” related to individual injustice negatively affects how we think about resolving these conflicts. Using reproductive justice in the United States as a case study, my thesis argues for reframing “social justice” as “social conflict.” While “social justice” and “social conflict” need not be mutually exclusive, the reframing offers new possibilities for resolution.