Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2022, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (7): 1-26.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2022.07.001


Cultural Capital of Colleges and Universities: Connotation, Types and Characteristics

Qinxiao Hu   

  1. Faculty of Education, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, Shandong 273165, China
  • Accepted:2021-12-27 Online:2022-07-01 Published:2022-07-04


Capital is the basis for the competition and development of individuals and organizations. There are many types of university capital, among which cultural capital is the endogenous driving force for the competition and development of colleges and universities, and it is also a rich inventory for coping with survival crises. Based on the academic history of cultural capital research, combined with the characteristics of university organizational culture, it can be concluded that university cultural capital is the sum of resources. It is governed by the mind dispositions with knowledge moral character as its core in a specific time and space and is expressed through the organic dispositions, objective objects and formal systems. After long-term accumulation and exchange (or conversion), it is lasting, needs to be treated differently, and can bring value proliferation to the development of universities. University cultural capital is divided into spiritual cultural capital, organic cultural capital, objective cultural capital and institutional cultural capital. Whether there is a break between the four kinds of cultural capital is an important way to measure the amount of cultural capital in colleges and universities, and the quality of knowledge is the core yardstick for measurement. The cultural capital of colleges and universities has the characteristics of value proliferation, historical time and space, dynamic plasticity, collective inheritance and internal dependence.

Key words: cultural capital, organizational culture, knowledge moral character, resource, cultural capital of colleges and universities