Social and Cultural Capital

Overview

Social and cultural capital affect a child and his or her family’s ability to navigate the school system and to form positive relationships with teachers, staff and administrators. People from different social classes and racial/ethnic backgrounds have different levels of social and cultural capital, which disadvantages many of America’s children. Scholars therefore look very closely at exactly how social and cultural capital work, and policy-makers and non-profit organizations often try to increase both among children whose educations are particularly at risk. This library gathers research on the role that social and cultural capital play, and scholarship that evaluates programs that contravene this problem.