Horne, John, Lingard, Bob, Weiner, Gaby and Forbes, Joan
‘Capitalizing on sport’: sport, physical education and multiple capitals in Scottish independent schools.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32
This paper draws on a research study into the existence and use of different forms of capital – including social, cultural and physical capital – in three independent schools in Scotland. We were interested in understanding how these forms of capital work to produce and reproduce advantage and privilege. Analysis is framed by a multiple capitals approach drawing on and developing the work of Putnam and especially Bourdieu. We suggest that sport plays a role with important effects for strong bonding and for the production of symbolic capital in the form of branding by each school.