Concepts of Class and Capital of Pierre Bourdieu


  • Rungnapa Yanyongkasemsuk A Lecturer of Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Law, Burapha University


Class, Capital, Pierre Bourdieu


Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist, presented class and capital as concepts to understand the reality of society. He tried to illustrate that the existence of class reflects the inheritance process and positions of individual both in fields and social space. Besides the condition of class and differentiate of individual is capital, capital which individual possesses is not only economic capital but also cultural capital, social capital, and symbolic capital. Each form of capitals has their own condition of acquisition, maintenance, and transmission. Mostly, individual cannot acquire capital within a day because it takes much time to accumulate and get the acknowledgement from their class and society. Capital can be transformed through the mutual agreement and acceptance of the people in society.


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