Social Capital And Cultural Capital

1264 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
After cultural capital and cultural arbitrary, then, comes the third capital, which Bourdieu’s theory terms habitus. Habitus is a term, which is similar to cultural capital because they are transmitted from home: “Like cultural capital, habitus is transmitted within the home” (Sullivan 149). However, there is a dissimilarity concerning cultural capital and habitus: “… whereas cultural capital consists of the possession of legitimate knowledge, habitus is a set of attitudes and values, and the dominant habitus is a set of attitudes and values held by the dominant class” (Sullivan 149). Also, part of the habitus is the positive attitude towards education, as Sullivan mentions “A major component of the dominant habitus is a positive attitude towards education” (149). In the novel, Santos has a positive attitude towards education and he displays this with one of the secondary characters of the novel. Santos has a habitus that will change Altamira through the changing of Marisela: the daughter of Doña Bárbara and don Anselmo. This transformation of Marisela happens when he is wandering through the plains and encounters a young girl with a much-withered self-appearance: “…sospechar que fuera hija aquella criatura montaraz, greñuda, mugrienta, descalza y mal cubierta por un traje vuelto jirones” (Gallegos 111). After his quick encounter, Santos asks her for her name: “¿eres tú Marisela? - interregó Santos.” (Gallegos 112). After a brief introduction, Santos begins to examine her…
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