Global vs. Social Justice

There is not complete uniformity of the ways these terms are used, but oftentimes ‘global justice’ refers to justice as pertaining to all individuals in the world, regardless of national identity.  On this view, the focus is on the fair treatment of of individuals regardless of national identity; for instance, a farmer in Kenya and a farmer in Kentucky.  ‘Social Justice’ refers to justice within a society.  A major concern of social justice in the USA is the distribution of wealth and burdens within the country, highlighting the current inequality among citizens.  Global justice is more far-reaching in terms of its radical call for individuals in wealthier countries to contribute to the welfare of citizens in developing countries.