Much current writing on social justice or social justice-related issues in policy sociology is based on a conception of social justice as plural. In other words social justice is viewed as having a variety of facets. For example, it is viewed as simultaneously concerning the distribution of goods and resources on the one hand and the valorisation of a range of social collectivities and cultural identities on the other. Whilst we want to welcome the use of such plural conceptions of social justice, there is, we want to suggest, a failure in much of this work to appreciate fully the implications for sociological analysis of such plural notions of justice. This is reflected in two tendencies about which we have some concern.