Bourdieu 's Concept Of Cultural Capital

2527 WordsJun 4, 201511 Pages
The following essay will begin with key definitions from the title followed by Bourdieu’s notion of ‘cultural capital’. Cultural capital is defined as the “idea and knowledge that people draw upon as they participate in social life. Everything from rules of etiquette to being able to speak and write effectively can be considered cultural capital” (Crossman, 2015). The essay will commence by looking at the autonomy of cultural capital and how Bourdieu has established new concepts to help understand cultural capital. The notions Bourdieu invented, are habitus, capital and field aid him in creating an original approach to explain among others, the existing social inequality present in society and the perpetuation of this inequality. This essay will analyse Bourdieu’s concepts and how he established these concepts using Marx theory of capitalism. Literature from various established writers will be presented when making an argument formerly reaching a conclusion. Pierre Bourdieu (1997:314) argued that the success of an individual depended on their Cultural Capital. Bourdieu argued that working class pupils lack cultural capital to achieve success in the education system. Bourdieu claims that a major role of the education system is the social function of elimination. Material resources alone are not acceptable enough in attaining academic success; the right amount of cultural capital will help us gain our qualifications. Children who were already equipped with this leading
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