MULTIPLE FORMS OF CAPITAL
*i will not copy the notes today but just comment on them, and i can read the notes
off of the eclass
CLASS IS SO CENTRAL. that symbolic phenomena made through symbolic performances.
Bourdieu made a huge metatheoretical move that facilitates something he felt was
problematic: he has put together a response to critical sociology where people are
duped by false ideological needs. bourdieu is able to maintain a conception of
subjectivity by focusing on relations: how is it that structure is within us? embodied
in the symbolism of our actions?
Actors are in position with one another and they are stuggling for power to accomplish
their projects. He is looking at the webs between material and symbolic capital.
he is looking at both objective positions and subjective embodied sedimentation of
social structures who in turn construct the world.
THIS IS HOW PEOPLE, USING THEIR HABITUS, ARE ABLE TO PLAN, CREATE, AND DO THINGS
ACCORDING TO THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE. a person's mode of being is a concretization of the
field of power relations.
the outcome is a theory that is not purely structural nor strictly subjective. i can
choose where to sit in the classroom, but i am still in a classroom and my choices are
CLASS DOES NOT PRE-EXIST, IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO ACQUIRE OR
CONTROL SOME FORM OF CAPITAL.
struggle emerges as we all try and do the things we want to do.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENS, FOR BOURDIEU, IN A VERY SYMBOLIC WAY
NOTHING CLASSIFIES SOMEONE BETTER THAN HOW THEY CLASSIFY
ie, in his article he gives this example: "he's not so highbrow, for a professor"
so many assumptions are encrypted in this classification.
because it is symbolic, class is also synthetic: it is synthesized...
he is rejecting marx: there is no ruling class, it is just how people are deploying
categories of class. it is through our own mundane activities and everyday
conversations, recognizing particular practices we are ought to do. everytime you
uphold the status quo, you reinforce class as it is. it is made every day by everyday
reproductions of symbolic domination.
there are real structures and culture representations in society, BUT it is
synthesized by real social actions and the inherent symbolism of those actions and
categorizations inherent to those actions.
the KKK is now doing symbolic violence with less offensive language, saying they are
not a racist hate group but a group that protects white interests, fights against
illegal immigration, etc.
they distinguish between two groups: white/christian/protestant, everyone else. FOUR FORMS OF CAPITAL
THE CONVERSION OF ACCUMULATED LABOUR WHICH IS NEEDED TO PRODUCE THE TYPE OF POWER
EFFECTIVE IN THE FIEL