cultural capital

a term from the work of Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002). In embodied form it is the dispositions,knowledge, skills, attitudes a person has which give them social advantage. For example, children from a middle class background tend to have the cultural capital that makes the educational system a more comfortable and familiar environment for them to succeed in more easily. In objectified form it refers to such things as books, and in institutionalised form it is most readily identified in the form of academic qualifications. Elsewhere Bourdieu refers to it as 'informational capital'.