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Cultural capital and parental choice - sociology

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    What can you briefly tell me about this topic? I know what cultural capital is but would like to clarify what parental choice has to do with it? Thanks

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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)

    I'm assuming your talking about parentocracy, well David uses this term to describe the process of marketization, this is because supporters of marketization argue that in the education market, power shifts from the producers ie schools to the consumers, being the parents. As a result pupils from a middle class background benefit from the Neo liberal policies because they have the right kind of cultural capital, Bourdieu argues that middle class pupils have the right skills, knowledge and attitudes. Neo liberal policies will benefit middle class families to a higher degree because marketization will mean competition is created, and so a wider variety of choice is provided to the consumers ie parents. As a result this means due to the high level of cultral capital they uphold, middle class will benefit as they're more likely to attend open enrollment using there knowledge thats been passed down (cultural reproduction)deciding which school to their there childern to. Furthermore they're another example you could add is that middle class parents are more likely to look at the league tables and decide which school is most appropriate for their childern.

    This is just some information i've picked up for myself, I don't know if I answered your question but whatever.
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