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The political value of cultural capital: nationalism, ethnic exclusion, and elites in 19th-century congress Poland

The political value of cultural capital: nationalism, ethnic exclusion, and elites in... Am J Cult Sociol https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-018-0063-0 ORIGINAL ARTICLE The political value of cultural capital: nationalism, ethnic exclusion, and elites in 19th‑century congress Poland Malgorzata M. Kurjanska © Springer Nature Limited 2018 Abstract Why do claims of cultural belonging promote institutional transforma- tion by expanding community boundaries in some instances and constricting them in others? To address this question, I introduce an elite-capital conflict approach, which synthesizes Bourdieu’s concept of capital with elite-conflict theories. I argue that this approach is valuable for understanding key aspects of mass mobilization such as the conditions under which marginalized elites will attempt to mobilize non- elites through appeals of cultural similarity; the factors which shape the cultural boundaries that these appeals propose; and when non-elites are likely to answer an elites’ call to mobilize. Drawing on historical analysis of 19th-century nationalism in Congress Poland, I show that the degree of capital concentration in the hands of Polish elites and conversion rates between different types of capital determined whether, and how, Polish elites utilized appeals to shared beliefs and practices as grounds for mobilization of non-elites. Whether appeals to shared cultural practices became a successful basis of widespread mobilization, however, depended on the benefits for non-elites of the reconceptualization or re-valuation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Cultural Sociology Springer Journals

The political value of cultural capital: nationalism, ethnic exclusion, and elites in 19th-century congress Poland

American Journal of Cultural Sociology , Volume OnlineFirst – Oct 8, 2018

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Springer Journals
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Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Sociology, general; Sociology of Culture; Media Sociology
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2049-7113
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2049-7121
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10.1057/s41290-018-0063-0
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Am J Cult Sociol https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-018-0063-0 ORIGINAL ARTICLE The political value of cultural capital: nationalism, ethnic exclusion, and elites in 19th‑century congress Poland Malgorzata M. Kurjanska © Springer Nature Limited 2018 Abstract Why do claims of cultural belonging promote institutional transforma- tion by expanding community boundaries in some instances and constricting them in others? To address this question, I introduce an elite-capital conflict approach, which synthesizes Bourdieu’s concept of capital with elite-conflict theories. I argue that this approach is valuable for understanding key aspects of mass mobilization such as the conditions under which marginalized elites will attempt to mobilize non- elites through appeals of cultural similarity; the factors which shape the cultural boundaries that these appeals propose; and when non-elites are likely to answer an elites’ call to mobilize. Drawing on historical analysis of 19th-century nationalism in Congress Poland, I show that the degree of capital concentration in the hands of Polish elites and conversion rates between different types of capital determined whether, and how, Polish elites utilized appeals to shared beliefs and practices as grounds for mobilization of non-elites. Whether appeals to shared cultural practices became a successful basis of widespread mobilization, however, depended on the benefits for non-elites of the reconceptualization or re-valuation

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Published: Oct 8, 2018

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