Bourdieu 's Theory Of Culture Capital Essay

830 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Although Bourdieu does not consider himself a Marxist’s sociologist, the theories of Karl Marx heavily influenced Bourdieu’s thinking. Marx’s influence is most evident in Bourdieu’s theory of culture capital (kavisto, pg.483). Bourdieu argued that capital forms the foundation of social life and dictates one’s position within the social order. Bourdieu also stated, the more capital someone has, the more power and opportunity he/she will possess in society. Moreover, Bourdieu’s idea of capital went beyond the economic and more into a symbolic realm of social culture, the “habitus and field” of individuals in society. His concept of cultural capital refers to the collection of symbolic elements such as fashion, clothing, material, reading, jewelries, cars, and much more. Most of the elements previously stated are predictors of a particular social class (lecture, 03.09). Sharing these similar elements of culture creates a sense of a collective identity with other people of the same status. According to Bourdieu, “habitus” refers to the physical embodiment of cultural capital, which is deeply ingrained in lifestyle and skill it is an embodied system of tastes, disposition, ideas, and culture capital. “Habitus” is a structured structure and a structuring structure (lecture, 03.09) The “habitus” structure organizes a system of actions, beliefs, ideas and cultural capital. This pre determines an individual’s potential course of action and status within society. Individuals…

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