“Science capital”: A conceptual, methodological, and empirical argument for extending bourdieusian notions of capital beyond the arts

  title={“Science capital”: A conceptual, methodological, and empirical argument for extending bourdieusian notions of capital beyond the arts},
  author={Louise Archer and Emily Dawson and Jennifer DeWitt and Amy Seakins and Billy Tak-ming Wong},
  journal={Journal of Research in Science Teaching},
This paper sets out an argument and approach for moving beyond a primarily arts-based conceptualization of cultural capital, as has been the tendency within Bourdieusian approaches to date. We advance the notion that, in contemporary society, scientific forms of cultural and social capital can command a high symbolic and exchange value. Our previous research [Archer et al. (2014) Journal of Research in Science Teaching 51, 1–30] proposed the concept of “science capital” (science-related forms… 

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