Bourdieu's Theory Of Cultural Development

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Pierre Bourdieu’s cultural reproduction has transformed as well as influenced the literature field, following Alice Sullivan’s statement on the successful results of Bourdieu 's theory: “Bourdieu 's theory of cultural reproduction has been highly influential, and has generated a great deal of literature, both theoretical and empirical” (144). According to Bourdieu’s theory, based on his book Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, makes the declaration that higher levels of education will result in perceiving and comprehending the world around them much differently than a person with a much lower educational level. Bourdieu’s theory attributes this claim to the terms: cultural capital, cultural arbitrary and habitus, which are developed through education and rationalize how the higher social classes are made up of these different forms of capital. Also, this critical analysis of these different forms of capitals has been one of Bourdieu 's major contributions to the study of educational processes: “The concept of cultural capital is one of Pierre Bourdieu 's major contributions to the study and critical analysis of educational processes and the ways in which they are associated with socially unequal outcomes” (Moore 445). Given the success of Bourdieu’s theory in both literature and education, Bourdieu’s theory of cultural reproduction can be found in many genres of literature including the Latin American literature piece of Doña Bárbara. The novel presents…
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