The Historical origins of cultural capital

Onur Ates

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to revisit the discussion in the late 19th century among J.B. Clark, Eugen Böhm-Bawerk and Torstein Veblen on the definition and nature of capital in order to throw light to the historical origins of cultural capital. Originality: This study is one of the few if it is not the first attempt to explore the nature of cultural capital in a historical context. Key Literature/Theoretical Perspective: Cultural capital is recently introduced to cultural economics literature by David Throsby and it is the only type of capital which has both economic and cultural value. Design/Methodology Approach: This study uses a qualitative method to inquire whether Clark, Böhm-Bawerk and Veblen have mentioned implicitly or explicitly a certain type of economic capital which can be interpreted as cultural capital today. Findings: Preliminary findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14
Number of pages1
JournalExpo 2010 Higher Degree Research : book of abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (6th : 2010) - Sydney
Duration: 19 Nov 201019 Nov 2010


  • capital
  • cultural capital
  • cultural value

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