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Karl Marxs Capital in the context of the theory of symbolic capital
Fedotova Natalya Gennad'evna

PhD in Philosophy

Docent, the department of Theory, History and Philosophy of Culture, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University

173015, Russia, g. Velikii Novgorod, ul. B.sankt-Peterburgskaya, 41



One of the trends of modern society is the economism, characterized by the dominance of economic categories that help to gauge and asses the multiform practices. Thus, the modern scientific discourse experiences the pinnacle of popularity of the various “capitals”, particularly symbolic capital, which importance lies in its capability to affect the processes of reality structuring through trust, reputation, prestige, and recognition of someone or something. However, the scientific potential of the theory of symbolic capital that attains new traits is yet to be fully apprehended, which complicates the development of new vectors of research. Due to this fact the subject of this study is the conceptual analysis of the term “capital” and key features revealing its essence, which for the first time were discovered and explained by Karl Marx in his famous work “Capital. Criticism of Political Economy”, as well as their correlation with the theory of symbolic capital. Using the need for theoretical reflection of the essential properties of symbolic capital, the author conducts a comparative analysis of the two concepts: Marxist positions on capital and the modern theory of symbolic capital, founded by Pierre Bourdieu. As a result, the author discovers the four main properties of capital that not only comprise the theoretical basis of the theory of symbolic capital, but also attain the strategic importance in the applied dimension of the claimed problem. The researchers face the prospect of studying the vectors of the use (generating, accumulation, strategic design and development) of symbolic capital for benefit of certain holders – organization, countries, spheres, people, and territories.

Keywords: symbolic resources, economism, properties of capital, symbolic capital of place, Karl Marx, symbolic capital, Pierre Bourdieu, capital, symbolic production, symbolic profit



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