Capitalizing on sport: sport, physical education and multiple capitals in Scottish independent schools

J Horne* (Corresponding Author), B Lingard, G Weiner, Joan Forbes

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Abstract

This paper draws on a research study into the existence and use of different forms of capital – including social, cultural and physical capital – in three independent schools in Scotland. We were interested in understanding how these forms of capital work to produce and reproduce advantage and privilege. Analysis is framed by a multiple capitals approach drawing on and developing the work of Putnam and especially Bourdieu. We suggest that sport plays a role with important effects for strong bonding and for the production of symbolic capital in the form of branding by each school.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-879
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume32
Issue number6
Early online date7 Nov 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • independent schools
  • sport
  • physical education
  • capitals
  • distinction

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