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Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is a term referring to unequally distributed cultural resources that can give students an advantage in the school setting. The idea is that culture, like financial capital, is a resource that distinguishes individuals and provides them with benefits. Thus, cultural capital enables students to relate better to teachers, attain better grades, and/or reach higher levels of education than students lacking cultural capital. Since the development of the concept, researchers have taken the term in multiple directions when applying it in research.

Although cultural capital is a popular concept in the sociology of education, questions remain regarding its true meaning and effects. Cultural capital is a concept developed by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. In studying schools in France in the 1960s and 1970s, he discovered ...

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