Cultural Capital And Social Capital

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Alongside both racist and sexist media constructionism, hackneyed class cliches are equally as pervasive. Pierre Bourdieu coined the phrase ‘cultural capital’ which is the representation of the cultural knowledge, temperament and disposition that is inherited from generation to generation. Published to the Oxford University Press, Pierre Bordieu explained his theory of cultural capital as consisting of three elements: “cultural capital can exist in three forms: in the embodied state, i.e., in the form of long-lasting dispositions of the mind and body; in the objectified state, in the form of cultural goods (pictures, books, dictionaries, instruments, machines, etc.), which are the trace or realization of theories or critiques of these theories, problematics, etc.; and in the institutionalized state, a form of objectification which must be set apart because, as will be seen in the case of educational qualifications, it confers entirely original properties on the cultural capital which it is presumed to guarantee” (Bourdieu 1978). Another important facet of Bordieu’s theory of cultural capital is a ‘habitus’ which is “a set of dispositions that incline agents to act and react in certain ways – particularly, the result of structural conditions, but it simultaneously organizes practices and perceptions.” (Bordieu 1978) Noticeably similar to social constructivism, cultural capital is an occurrence that has the capacity to institutionalize harmful stigmatic stereotypes. To further…

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