(noun) The social networks or connections that an individual has available to them due group membership.
- Coined by Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2003), who emphasized that cultural capital is taught through socialization and used to exclude the lower class.
Syllabification: so·cial cap·i·tal
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈsoʊʃəl ˈkæpətəl/
- British English – /ˈsəʊʃəl ˈkæpɪtl/
- Plural: social capitals
- Nepotism is a manifestation of social capital.
- Word origin of “social” and “capital” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Bourdieu, Pierre. 1986. “The Forms of Capital.” In Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, edited by J. G. Richardson. New York: Greenwood.
- anticipatory socialization
- peer group
- social network
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