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Is cultural capital theory still relevant? Cultural capital and the educational issues of bi-racial families in South Korea

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Bourdieu’s (1986) cultural capital theory has been broadly adopted not only within its original French context, but only in the international context. However, while the concept has been popularly used by diverse scholars, the original meaning and intention of the theory has been faded out. In many cases, studies that explicitly assert that they adopt from Bourdieu’ cultural capital theory, actually investigate factors which are very important, but not necessarily relevant within the theoretical realm of cultural capital theory. Adopted from some genuine Bourdieuan scholars’ work, this study investigates educational issues of biracial families in an extremely homogeneous South Korean society. Taking qualitative method as a major mode of inquiry, I conducted 30 open-ended interviews with biracial families and activists who work for these populations. The findings show how Korean language and cultural proficiency as well as the mythical ideology of “pure” Koreanness hinder people with diversity background to recognize and use the cultural capital that they own. Also, this study will contribute to the development of cultural capital theory by providing empirical analysis in a South Korean context.
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Park, Heejin. "Is cultural capital theory still relevant? Cultural capital and the educational issues of bi-racial families in South Korea" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494089_index.html>

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Park, H. , 2011-05-01 "Is cultural capital theory still relevant? Cultural capital and the educational issues of bi-racial families in South Korea" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494089_index.html

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Abstract: Bourdieu’s (1986) cultural capital theory has been broadly adopted not only within its original French context, but only in the international context. However, while the concept has been popularly used by diverse scholars, the original meaning and intention of the theory has been faded out. In many cases, studies that explicitly assert that they adopt from Bourdieu’ cultural capital theory, actually investigate factors which are very important, but not necessarily relevant within the theoretical realm of cultural capital theory. Adopted from some genuine Bourdieuan scholars’ work, this study investigates educational issues of biracial families in an extremely homogeneous South Korean society. Taking qualitative method as a major mode of inquiry, I conducted 30 open-ended interviews with biracial families and activists who work for these populations. The findings show how Korean language and cultural proficiency as well as the mythical ideology of “pure” Koreanness hinder people with diversity background to recognize and use the cultural capital that they own. Also, this study will contribute to the development of cultural capital theory by providing empirical analysis in a South Korean context.


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