Cultural capital, or cultural currency, is the ability to influence within the context of a culture, subculture or super-culture. The following are illustrative examples.
LanguageIf you speak Japanese fluently, you will enjoy more influence amongst native Japanese speakers.
EtiquetteKnowing and adhering to the rules of polite behavior in a culture.
EducationA person educated in statistics is able to influence statisticians and people who are impressed by complex math.
Social ConnectionsKnowing the same people.
CredentialsCredentials such as schooling.
MembershipsBelonging to institutions such as a large company or prestigious university.
Awards & HonoursAwards and honors such as an honorary degree.
AccomplishmentsAccomplishments that are meaningful to the culture or that are generally impressive such as a cyclist who has cycled from London to Tokyo.
FashionA street fashion enthusiast captures people's imagination with her outfits, particularly people who know about fashion.
WealthDisplays of wealth or reputation as being wealthy. In some cultures and subcultures, conspicuous displays of wealth can be viewed negatively.
SymbolsVisual symbols such as a brand logo that carries social status or communicates something within a culture.
CountersignalingDownplaying yourself in a way that is interpreted as confidence and strength with a culture.
ReputationReputation such as a scientific journal has developed a reputation for publishing groundbreaking research. Such a journal might hold much cultural currency amongst scientists.
FameBeing known and talked about.
RankA rank such as a professional athlete, a noble title or a gamer who has reached the top rank in a game.
NormsNorms of behavior in a culture. For example, an elite in a particular country may speak softly and use uncommon language.
Cultural KnowledgeA sports fan can remember details and statistics from past games and seasons that give her plenty to talk about with other fans of the same sport or team.
Domain KnowledgeAn investment banker who knows industry terms and the way that bankers tend to talk.
Local KnowledgeA neighbor who is well versed in local gossip.
HumorHumor that is well executed to pleasant effect. Thought of as a universal type of cultural currency. However, differences in sense of humor do exist between cultures.
SkillsSkills that people in a particular culture or subculture find essential or impressive. For example, it is difficult to impress in Hong Kong if you are sloppy with chopsticks or difficult to influence surfers if you can't surf.
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