Social Status and Cultural Capital

Social Status and Cultural Capital. According to Max Weber, the traditional source of wealth–owning the means of production isn’t the only factor in determining social status (Chapter 9: Social Stratification in the U.S.). How does Weber conceptualize power and prestige? Why does he argue that power and prestige, in addition to material wealth, are important factors in determining a person’s social status? Then, consider that half of all children grow up to have the same socioeconomic class as their parents. Discuss the ways in which Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital influences this phenomenon, and see this video for a depiction of how this works:

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