2018 | Special Issue 2018 | 133-155
Article title

Cultural Capital as Analytical Category: Between Economy and Culture

Title variants
Languages of publication
The article considers relations between economy and culture focusing on the concept of cultural capital. I discuss different uses of the notion of capital as an analytical category in the discourse of social sciences. Then, I analyze Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital in the context of its specific interplay with Marx’s heritage. The main thesis of this text is the claim that both of them used capital in extra-economical meaning and cultural capital in Bourdieu’s theory is nothing more (and nothing less) then symbolic capital. Moreover, the argumentation shows that a basic Marxist dichotomy between economic and cultural causes (base/superstructure) becomes nowadays irrelevant.
Physical description
  • Arendt H. (1958), The Human Condition, The University of Chicago, Chicago
  • Aristotle (1999), Politics, Batoche Books, Kitchener
  • Beasley-Murray J. (2000), Value and Capital in Bourdieu and Marx, (in:) Pierre Bourdieu. Fieldwork in Culture, (Eds.), Brown N., Szeman I., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham–Boulder–New York–Oxford
  • Bennett T., Savage M., Silva E., Warde A., Gayo-Cal M., Wright D. (2009), Culture, Class, Distinction, Routledge, London
  • Boltanski L., Chiapello E. (2018), The New Spirit of Capitalism, Verso, London
  • Bourdieu P. (1984), Distinction. A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, Harvard University Press, Cambridge
  • Bourdieu P. (1985) Social Space and the Genesis of Group, (in:) Idem, Social Science Information, SAGE, London–Beverly Hills–New Delhi)
  • Bourdieu P. (1986), The Forms of Capital, (in) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, (Ed.) Richardson J.G., Greenwood Press, New York
  • Bourdieu P., Passeron J-K. (1990), Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, Sage, London–Thousand Oaks–New Delhi
  • Bourdieu P. (1993) The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature, Columbia University Press, New York
  • Bourdieu P. (2000), Pascalian Meditations, Stanford University Press, Stanford
  • Bourdieu P. (2013), Outline of a Theory of Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Bukowska X., Jewdokimow M., Markowska B., Winiarski P. (2013), Kapitał kulturowy w działaniu [Making a Cultural Capital Work], Collegium Civitas–ISP PAN–UKSW, Warszawa
  • Burawoy M., Holdt K. (2012), Conversations with Bourdieu. The Johanesburg Moment, Wits University Press, Johanesburg
  • Çalışkan K., Callon M. (2009), Economization, part 1: shifting attention from the economy towards processes of economization, “Economy and Society” Vol. 38, Iss. 3, DOI: 10.1080/03085140903020580
  • Coleman J.S. (1966) Equality of Educational Opportunity, US Office of Education, Washington
  • Debord G. (2005), Society of the Spectacle, Rebel Press, London
  • Desan M.H. (2013), Bourdieu, Marx and Capital: A Critique of the Extension Model, “Sociological Theory” Vol. 31, No. 4
  • Fowler B. (2011), Pierre Bourdieu: Unorthodox Marxist?, (in:) The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: Critical Essays, (Eds.) Susen S., Turner B.S., Anthem, London
  • Gdula M., Sadura P. (2012), Style życia i porządek klasowy w Polsce [Life-style and Class Order in Poland], Scholar, Warsaw
  • Goldthorpe J.H. (2007), “Cultural Capital”: Some Critical Observations, “Sociologica” Vol. 2
  • Harrison L.E., Huntington S.P. (2000), Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress, Basic Books, New York
  • Hegel G.W.F. (2001), Philosophy of Right, Batoche Books, Kitchener
  • Jameson F. (1991), Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Duke University Press, Durham
  • Kołakowski L. (1988), Main Currents of Marxism, Aneks Publishers, London
  • Kozłowski M. (2017), Marx’s Biggest Idea, or Six Fatures of Capital (On the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Das Kapital), “Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture” Vol. 2
  • Lahire B. (2013), Dans les plis singuliers du social. Individus, institiutions, socialisations, La Decouverte, Paris
  • Lamont M. (1992), Money, Morals, Manners: The Culture of the French and American Upper-Middle Class, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  • Lamont M., Lareau A. (1988), Cultural capital: Allusions, gaps and glissandos in recent theoretical developments, “Sociological Theory” Vol. 6, No. 2
  • Lareau A., Weininger E.B. (2003), Cultural capital in educational research: A critical assessment, “Theory and Society” Vol. 32, No. 5/6
  • Lazzarato M. (2004), From Capital-Labour to Capital-Life, “ephemera” Vol. 4, No. 3
  • Lebaron F. (2003), Pierre Bourdieu: Economic Models against Economism, “Theory and Society” Vol. 32, Iss. 5-6
  • Markowska B. (2017), Either Capital or Class…., “Przegląd socjologiczny”, Vol. LXVI, Iss. 4, DOI: 10.26485/PS/2017/66.4/8
  • Markowska B. (2018), Homo Libidinous and the Economy of Desire: Rereading Simmel’s The Philosophy of Money after Freud, “Polish Sociological Review” Vol. 4, No. 204, DOI: 10.26412/psr204.05
  • Marx K. (1976), Capital. A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1, Penguin Books, London
  • Marx K. (2010), Results of the Direct Production Process, (in:) Marx K., Engels F., Collected Works, Vol. 34 Marx 1861-64, Lawrence & Wishart, Electric Book, Chadwell Heath
  • Marx K, Engels F. (1967), The Communist Manifesto, Penguin Books, London–New York
  • Moore R. (2008), Capital, (in) Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts, (Ed.) Grenfell M., Acumen, Durham
  • Postone M. (1993), Time, Labour, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Ranciere J. (1991), The Ignorant Schoolmaster, Stanford University Press, Stanford
  • Sadura P. (2018), Państwo, szkoła, klasy [State, School, Classes], Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, Warsaw
  • Silva E., Warde A. (2010), Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy, Routledge, London–New York
  • Swartz D. (1997), Culture&Power. The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  • Tittenbrun J. (2014), Concepts of Capital: The commodification of social life, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick–New Jersey
  • Tittenbrun J. (2016), Concepts of capital in Pierre Bourdieu’s theory, “Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica” Vol. 17, No. 1
  • Tittenbrun J. (2017), Neither capital nor class. A critical analysis of Pierre Bourdieu’s theoretical framework, Vernon Press, Wilmington
  • Vogl J. (2015), The Spectre of Capital, Stanford University Press, Stanford
  • Wallerstein I. (1974) The Modern World-System, vol. 1, Academic Press, New York
  • Weber M. (2005), The Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism, Routledge, London–New York
  • Zelizer V.E. (2011), Economic Lives. How Culture Shapes Economy, Princeton University Press, Princeton–Oxford
This article is a translated and modified version of the text that was published in the previous issue of “Zoon Politikon”. See: Barbara Markowska, Kapitał jako kategoria analityczna: Marks-Bourdieu, “Zoon Politikon” (6) 2015, DOI: 10.19247/ZOON201512.
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.