Cultural Capital

The term cultural capital refers to non-financial social assets that promote social mobility beyond economic means. Examples can include education, intellect, style of speech, dress, and even physical appearance, et cetera.

Cultural capital (French: le capital culturel) is a sociological concept that has gained widespread popularity since it was first articulated by Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron first used the term in "Cultural Reproduction and Social Reproduction" (1973). In this work he attempted to explain differences in children's outcomes in France during the 1960s. It has since been elaborated and developed in terms of other types of capital in The Forms of Capital (1986); and in terms of higher education, for instance, in The State Nobility (1996). For Bourdieu, capital acts as a social relation within a system of exchange, and the term is extended ‘to all the goods material and symbolic, without distinction, that present themselves as rare and worthy of being sought after in a particular social formation (cited in Harker, 1990:13) and cultural capital acts as a social relation within a system of exchange that includes the accumulated cultural knowledge that confers power and status.

Read more about Cultural Capital:  Relation To Other Types of Capital, Types, Relation To Bourdieu's Other Concepts, Use of The Concept in Theory and Research

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... While some researchers may be crictised for using measures of cultural capital which focus only on certain aspects of 'highbrow' culture, this is a criticism ... studies have attempted to refine the measurement of cultural capital, in order to examine which aspects of middle-class culture actually have value in the education system ...
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