Temptation to reduce culture to value is great!
October 20, 2015
Bourdieu, “The Forms of Capital”
“Capital, which, in it’s objectified forms, takes time to accumulate, and which, as a potential capacity to
produce profits and to reproduce itself in identical or expanded form… (pg. 444)
“Immediately and directly convertible into money” (444)
Command over economic resources (cash, assets)
Cultural “know how” (Dr. Sowers)
Forms of knowledge, skills, education, and advantages that a person has, which give them a higher
status in society. Parents provide their children with cultural capital by transmitting the attitudes
and knowledge needed to succeed in the current educational system.
Sometimes convertible to economic capital (444)
Resources based on group membership, relationships, networks of influence and support.
Bourdieu described social capital as "the aggregate of the actual or potential resources which are
linked to possession of a durable network of more or less institutionalized relationships of mutual
acquaintance and recognition."
Social obligations sometimes convertible to economic capital (444)
Bourdieu, Embodied Cultural Capital
Embodied state – physical
“Long-lasting dispositions of the mind and body”(444)