Cultural capital and school success: The impact of status-culture participation on the grades of U.S. high-school students

  title={Cultural capital and school success: The impact of status-culture participation on the grades of U.S. high-school students},
  author={Paul DiMaggio},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • Paul DiMaggio
  • Published 1 April 1982
  • Sociology, Education
  • American Sociological Review
Ethnographers and other students of interaction have documented the impact of status factors on students' success in school. Yet survey research data consistently show the absence of family background measure effects on high school grades. It is argued that conventional measures of family background fail to capture those cultural elements of status that make a difference in school interactions. Drawing on Weber's work on status groups and status cultures, and on Bourdieu's work on cultural… 
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