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Street capital

Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen

in Street capital

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847421203
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.003.0003
Street capital

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This chapter demonstrates the fruitfulness of a theoretical framework when studying, for example, practical rationality, the social and historical process of embodied dispositions, and the complex relationship between socioeconomic constraints and human agency. It notes that ‘street capital’, inspired by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, consists of the knowledge, skills, and objects that are given value in a street culture. The chapter also introduces two concepts – ‘gangster discourse’ and ‘oppression discourse’ – to capture the narratives that the young men live by. It combines concepts from the two theoretical frameworks of Bourdieu and Foucault in detail into a study of street subculture.

Keywords: theoretical framework; practical rationality; embodied dispositions; socioeconomic constraints; human agency; street capital; Pierre Bourdieu; gangster discourse; oppression discourse; Foucault

Chapter.  8843 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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