Monday, April 10, 2017
Research Blog #6: Visual
One of the most important key terms to fully understand my argument is forms of capital. The concept was first termed by Pierre Bourdieu to explicate how economic, social and cultural resources influence achievement. This concept came about as an explanation for educational inequalities between students other than ability or intelligence. The social world is cultivated over time, so the resulting capital has reason to be equally as dynamic. Especially in the contexts of higher education, it is clear that a higher level of pre-existing parental class resources greatly influence future success. High levels of capital typically advantage students from affluent families and put them on a trajectory towards academic success. Capital exists in these three states: economic, social, and cultural. Economic capital is the most easily transferrable form of capital. It is the monetary or property value an individual can own. Social capital is the collective result of social origin, essentially who is in your social circle. Cultural capital can be embodied, objectified, and institutionalized, however these differences are not necessary to understand my thesis. Cultural capital refers to the cultural understandings and social contexts accumulated through social class position. In my paper, I explain how all three forms of capital affect students in terms of higher education.