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.
Horne, J., Lingard, B., Weiner, G., & Forbes, J. (2011). Capitalizing on sport: sport, physical education and social capitals in three Scottish independent schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32(6), 861-879. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2011.614739