Prestige and personal qualities.” (Edwards)
“Resources available to a social actor on the basis of prestige or recognition, which function as an authoritative embodiment of cultural value. A war hero, for example, may have symbolic capital in the context of running for political office.” (Calhoun, 2003)
“… predisposition to function as symbolic capital, i.e., to be unrecognized as capital and recognized as legitimate competence, as authority exerting an effect of (mis)recognition … the specifically symbolic logic of distinction.” (Bourdieu, (1985)

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