Family and social background confers each individual different amounts of capitals and create a set of dispositions that influences social success in a variety of social situations, including education.
Sociology of Education Today's topic: Pierre Bourdieu's Cultural Reproduction
Symbolic Capital: the amount of prestige a person has acting within a certain set of social structure Example: Principal says yes to parent with more prestige
Meanwhile, in a Calgary school ...
Good morning, Mrs. Fernandez. What brings you here today?
My daughter goes to a school in the NE but we have heard so many good things about this school that we think it would be a good idea to transfer her here. We think the programs offered here suit her goals and skills, which might increase her chances in getting into university.
I'm sorry but there is nothing I can do to help you. Students must go to their designated schools. If you live in the NE, your daughter has to go to a school there.
But she meets all of the requirements. She's an honour-roll student, hardworking and goal oriented. She would do so well here.
Hello, Mrs. Smith. What brings you here today?
Later that day ...
Uhm, yeah. I just came to talk about my daughter transferring to this school. I've mentioned it to my friend, Mr. Jones the board chairman.
Oh yes, of course! Say no more! We'll finish up the paperwork and contact you when everything is set and good to go!