David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sociological Theory 6 (2):153-168 (1988)
The concept of cultural capital has been increasingly used in American sociology to study the impact of cultural reproduction on social reproduction. However, much confusion surrounds this concept. In this essay, we disentangle Bourdieu and Passeron's original work on cultural capital, specifying the theoretical roles cultural capital plays in their model, and the various types of high status signals they are concerned with. We expand on their work by proposing a new definition of cultural capital which focuses on cultural and social exclusion. We note a number of theoretical ambiguities and gaps in the original model, as well as specific methodological problems. In the second section, we shift our attention to the American literature on cultural capital. We discuss its assumptions and compare it with the original work. We also propose a research agenda which focuses on social and cultural selection and decouples cultural capital from the French context in which it was originally conceived to take into consideration the distinctive features of American culture. This agenda consists in 1) assessing the relevance of the concept of legitimate culture in the U.S.; 2) documenting the distinctive American repertoire of high status cultural signals; and 3) analyzing how cultural capital is turned into profits in America
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Pastoriza, Miguel A. Ariño & Joan E. Ricart (2009). Creating an Ethical Work Context: A Pathway to Generate Social Capital in the Firm. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 88 (3):477 - 489.
Chan Kwok-Bun (2008). Transnationalism and its Personal and Social Consequences for Chinese Transmigrants. World Futures 64 (3):187 – 221.
Min Ju Kang & Michael Glassman (2010). Moral Action as Social Capital, Moral Thought as Cultural Capital. Journal of Moral Education 39 (1):21-36.
L. Green (2003). Music Education, Cultural Capital and Social Group Identity. In Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert & Richard Middleton (eds.), The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction. Routledge. 263--273.
Alford A. Young Jr (1999). The (Non) Accumulation of Capital: Explicating the Relationship of Structure and Agency in the Lives of Poor Black Men. Sociological Theory 17 (2):201-227.
Lindy M. Edwards (2009). Ideational Social Capital and the Civic Culture: Extricating Putnam's Legacy From the Social Capital Debates. Social Epistemology 23 (2):125 – 144.
Davide Ravasi & Violina Rindova, Creating Symbolic Value: A Cultural Perspective on Production and Exchange.
Mikael Rostila (2011). The Facets of Social Capital. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (3):308-326.
Bradford Verter (2003). Spiritual Capital: Theorizing Religion with Bourdieu Against Bourdieu. Sociological Theory 21 (2):150-174.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads88 ( #13,108 of 1,096,597 )
Recent downloads (6 months)19 ( #6,471 of 1,096,597 )
How can I increase my downloads?