Bourdieu Theory Of Capital Essay

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Exam 1: Bourdieu’s Theory of Capital

Bourdieu’s studies resulted in three theories of capital: social, cultural, and symbolic. He also intensely discussed Habitus. Social capital is the value that comes from social networks that allow people to achieve things they couldn 't on their own. Some examples of this is sharing information and resources, providing assistance, and establishing trust. Personally, an example of this is a social group I am a part of. It is a group of about fifty moms who all have experienced miscarriages. This is such a painful loss yet very taboo. It gives us all a place to safely grieve and celebrate.
Cultural capital can exist in three forms: embodied state, objectified state, and institutionalized state (Blunden, 2004). The embodied stated of cultural capital consists of both the intentionally acquired and the passively inherited
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These items are acquired through the activities and experiences of everyday life (Gale, 2008). It is deeply ingrained habits, skills, and dispositions that we possess due to our life experiences. It allows us to navigate social experiences. It also extends to our “taste” for cultural objects such as art, food, and clothing. A person’s thoughts and perceptions are not the result of our absolute individual freedom of thought but we are not “puppets” dominated by our habitus either. A person’s habitus tends to generate reasonable and common-sense behaviors which are possible within the limits of the controls around them. Bourdieu’s theory states that habitus has the potential to influence our actions and to construct our social world. Habitus is purposeful without being questionable; it is transmitted but not actively taught. The best personal example I could come up for this concept is clothing. Every day I wear clothes, I don’t typically think about what I am going to wear but I know I am going to wear

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