Cultural Capital Essay

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ESSAY PLAN INTRODUCTION BODY Does education promote social change and give opportunities to less privileged. Do educational institutes tend to keep in place the existing social separation and maintain the disadvantages relating to certain people? CONCLUSION The concept cultural capital was established by Pierre Bourdieu and various colleagues in 1960’s(Weininger and Laureau) and applied this to youth and education(Nilian, Julian, Germov pg 43)to give an explanation regarding the different outcomes within the educational institutes. The term cultural capital is used, because like money, the cultural inheritance that is received from our family can be converted into social resources (Webb, Schriato & Danaher, 2002). The cultural capital that is acquired from birth can be used in the structuralised education system and it is seen in these institutes that the more cultural capital that is accumulated will create better achievements and outcomes for them later in life (Bowles and Jensen 2001). Children from the dominate(upper) class are seen to be at more of an advantaged in schools than the children coming from low socio-economical backgrounds, as they are exposed to an elite culture at home(Tzanakis 2011). With this brings in to question whether education does promote social change and give opportunities to the less privileged or does the education institutes tend to keep in place existing social separation and maintain the disadvantages relating to certain people? The education system can promote social change by initiating a change in outlook and attitude (sociology guide 2011) for example if a child was growing up in a household that believed that an education is not important, as there is government benefits that are in place to support the unemployed, may begin to change their outlook on education and their attitude towards the government
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