ANTH 2230 Lecture Notes - Ascribed Status, Cultural Capital, Economic Capital

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Pierre Bourdieu’s Ideas of Cultural Capital
The ways in which distinguish oneself from others in good taste; what is desirable or preference is
different from group to group; these preferences are enjoyed by the group i.e. going bowling vs. going
to the opera; eating steak vs. baloney; people have different preferences
Cultural Capital: there’s an idea of return when we talk about capital; they transpire into economic
outcomes
Embodied (i.e. in the form of long lasting dispositions of the mind and body)
o Attitudes toward certain practices, taste the way you walk, sit, body proximity, eye
contact; they are instilled in us through our culture; different groups have different
cultural preferences
Objectified in the form of cultural goods
o Things like clothing, brands, art for your home, the style of your furniture, your car;
certain things we buy and wear make statements about who we are and give us certain
kind of capital in one group but not in others
o i.e. SUV drivers in environmental groups vs. other groups
Institutionalized (i.e. academic qualifications)
o Something backed by a social institution
o i.e.our post-secondary degree is supported by the Education institution
o medals in military service are supported by the institution that is the Army
o could be marriage in different cultures
Social capital (collective, stems from the group; belonging)
o Being a colonizer/colonized
o Being free or slaved
o Being white
o Something that benefits you through ascribed status
Economic capital (land, property, etc.)
o Land, money, property
Freeman:
NOTE: (for those reading this book only; if you are reading Padilla, you do not need to know this section)
Women in the informatics industry in Barbados
Cleanliness, fashion, comportment, prestige
Association with the high tech (computers, air conditioning) and in __________
Gives women cultural capital
But comment of boyfriend at the bus stop
Relates to Yelvington and Wilson but also Stoler
Forms of income generation in the formal and informal economy
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Cultural capital: there"s an idea of return when we talk about capital; they transpire into economic outcomes. Institutionalized (i. e. academic qualifications) i. e. our post-secondary degree is supported by the education institution: something backed by a social institution, medals in military service are supported by the institution that is the army, could be marriage in different cultures. Social capital (collective, stems from the group; belonging: being a colonizer/colonized, being free or slaved, being white, something that benefits you through ascribed status. Economic capital (land, property, etc. : land, money, property. Note: (for those reading this book only; if you are reading padilla, you do not need to know this section) Women in the informatics industry in barbados. Association with the high tech (computers, air conditioning) and in __________ But comment of boyfriend at the bus stop. Relates to yelvington and wilson but also stoler. Forms of income generation in the formal and informal economy.

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