Forms of Capital and Social Structure in Cultural Fields: Examining Bourdieu's Social Topography

  title={Forms of Capital and Social Structure in Cultural Fields: Examining Bourdieu's Social Topography},
  author={Helmut K. Anheier and J{\"u}rgen Gerhards and Frank P. Romo},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={859 - 903}
This article tests one key assumption of Bourdieu's theory of culture fields: that actors are positioned in a "topography" of social relations according to their endowments of economic, social, and cultural capital. Blockmodeling procedures are used to analyze data on German writers and to indentify a social structure in which positions vary according to the types and amounts of capital accumulated. A strong split between elite and marginal writers dominates the social structure, and even the… 

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