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Moulding cultural capital into cosmopolitan capital: Media practices as reconversion work in a globalising world
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
2017 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, ISSN 1403-1108Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Various media allow people to build transnational networks, learn about the world and meet people from other cultures. In other words, media may allow one to cultivate cosmopolitan capital, defined here as a distinct form of embodied cultural capital. However, far from everyone is identifying this potential. Analyses of a national survey  and in-depth interviews, conducted in Sweden, disclose a tendency among those in possession of cultural capital to recognise and exploit cosmopolitan capital in their  media practices. Those who are dispossessed of cultural capital are significantly less liable to approach media in this way. Relying on various media practices in order to reshape one’s cultural capital exemplifies what Bourdieu called a reconversion strategy. As social fields undergo globalisation, media offer opportunities for the privileged to remain privileged – to change in order to conserve.

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Göteborg: Wigforss-gruppen , 2017.
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cultural capital, cosmopolitan capital, media practices, Bourdieu, media use
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-55354DOI: 10.1515/nor-2017-0408OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-55354DiVA: diva2:1114399
Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-11-03Bibliographically approved

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