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

@article{Anheier1995FormsOC,
  title={Forms of Capital and Social Structure in Cultural Fields: Examining Bourdieu's Social Topography},
  author={H. Anheier and J. Gerhards and F. P. Romo},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1995},
  volume={100},
  pages={859 - 903}
}
  • H. Anheier, J. Gerhards, F. P. Romo
  • Published 1995
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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