Cultural Capital



- Work of French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu.

- Range of capitals:

  • Economic capital.
  • Social capital.
  • Education capital.
  • Cultural capital.

Who has Cultural Capital?

- Sullivan (2001): Students who achieved higher:

  • Read complex fiction.
  • Watched documentaries, current affairs and science and nature programmes.
  • Attended events that were seen as 'high culture'.
  • Had parents with higher level qualifications.

Parental Capitals

- Passed down to children through socialisation.

- Reay: Middle-class mothers had higher economic, educational and cultural capital.

- Middle-class parents also have high social capital which helps with work experience placements, networking and university entrance.

How do Parents use their Capital in Education?

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