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Cultural capital, cultural knowledge and ability

Sullivan, A; (2007) Cultural capital, cultural knowledge and ability. Sociological Research Online , 12 (6) 10.5153/sro.1596. Green open access

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Abstract

Bourdieu's theory of cultural reproduction has been interpreted in various ways, and several authors have criticised an overly narrow interpretation of cultural capital as simply consisting of 'beaux arts' participation. For researchers, this raises the challenge of developing a broader interpretation of cultural capital which is still specific enough to be operationalised. This paper discusses the ways in which parents may transmit educational advantage to their children through cultural rather than economic means, and the forms of knowledge and skill which may be considered as 'cultural capital'. An operationalisation of cultural knowledge is discussed, and empirical evidence is presented on differences in levels of cultural knowledge between the children of graduates and non-graduates.

Type: Article
Title: Cultural capital, cultural knowledge and ability
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5153/sro.1596
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.5153/sro.1596
Language: English
Additional information: Permission to make this article accessible was kindly granted by Sociological Research Online.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473721
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