Capital And Creation Of New Capital

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Under the concept of capital, schools’ role can be best understood as intermediaries where exchange across different forms of capital and creation of new capital take place. In other words, through school, cultural capital and social capital could be exchangeable, and specific capital could be created or adopted. Jamal’s intellectual and athletic talents and aspiration (embodied cultural capital) lead to a higher social status (new social capital for Jamal) through Mailor-Callow (a school). He is able to receive wide recognition due to the platform that Mailor-Callow has provided – essay competition and high school basketball championship series.
Furthermore, through challenging and intense class assignments and writing competition, Jamal is able to transform his aspiration (embodied cultural capital) and bond with Forrester (social capital) into excellent writing skills (new embodied cultural capital). Jamal is often found reading and writing under Forrester’s instruction, but all of these would not have been possible if Jamal has not attended Mailor-Callow, as Forrester states: “questions of your writing suggest what you are going to do in your life. And this is the question that your present school could not answer for you.” Mailor-Callow enables Jamal to achieve excellence by constantly challenging him. For example, Jamal would have not asked Forrester for help in writing if professor Crawford has not criticized his writing and doubted his academic legitimacy for this…
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