Analysis Of Bourdieu: Economic, Social, And Cultural Capital

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Bourdieu (1986) states that each career field appreciates specific sorts of capital. A career capital is defined by different supporting modes that an individual acquires and is able to utilize to pursue success in their career. In order to obtain a career capital, the individual needs to go through a process of screening the capitals within the field of interest, and investing these capitals into work-related activities (Iellatchitch, Wolfgang, & Meyer, 2003). To this regard Bourdieu (1986) describes three generic capitals: economic, social, and cultural capital. Additionally, Bourdieu includes symbolic capital as a forth sort of capital. This capital addressed the perception and recognition in a social context that enforces legitimization.
From the generic capitals, the economic capital is characterized by being the most efficient from all three, given the fact that it can be converted to money from generation to generation. It also has as a characteristic that it can be converted into symbolic, social, or cultural capital easier than vice versa (Postone, LiPuma, & Calhoun, 1993). The economic capital is interesting
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The first step was to conduct narrative face-to-face interviews of about one to one and a half hours with relevant individuals to the study (social entrepreneurs in Latin America). Ten social entrepreneurs, four women and six men, from five different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Peru) shared their experiences and allowed to utilize the career history method to analyze data from their individual’s perspective, taking into consideration the subjective career and objective career (Harrow & Mole, 2005). Exploring not only the interviewees past experiences, but also their present situation and expectations for the future, provides the opportunity to better comprehend how their unique portfolio of capitals has been developed through

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