File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2003/bourdieu.0307, message 30

Subject: [BOU:] CApital value
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 01:56:56 -0400

I was wondering if anybody could comment on or school me on how and where
Bourdieu might elaborate on what determines or pushes for mutations or
struggles for mutations in the value of capital.  For example he talks a bit
about the family as a field where individuals inside a family can be
involved in struggles to redefine the net value of a form capital (one that
they may in fact possess as a resource) which in turn affects the field of
power. I imagine that these struggles themselves are constrained if not
guided by interrelationships with other fields however I am wondering if
Bourdieu devoted any attention to why it is that a certain form of capital
is useful and how it can becomes less useful in relation to another form of
capital? Does the explanatory mechanism rely on the premise that fields are
structured by unequal distributions of capital, ergo social space as a space
of differentiation and that struggles to either change distributions of
capital or increase the value of a subordinate form of capital to a level
above a dominant type or form of capital are rely on (micro/macro political)
struggles over symbolic power (the power of symbols and their legitimacy)?



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