« on: February 04, 2005, 03:13:11 PM »
What exactly is "cultural capital" anyway?
It's just another way of honoring diversity at an institution of higher learning.
You ensure that kind of diversity by hiring:
a queer latina marxist
a disabled marxist
an Israel-denouncing jewish marxist
an african american marxist
a transgendered marxist
a curious-bi mr. sensitive white guy marxist
an asian-p-a marxist
It's actually pretty easy to make certain that a rainbow of heritages are honored at your institution. As long as the faculty is similarly diverse, the students will fall in line, and you can see the results of that 'education' right here on LSD.
Cultural capital is not 'just another way of honoring diversity...' The term 'cultural capital' is a social phenomenon that has been researched and written about by a broad range of economists, philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, etc. There is a wealth of knowledge about this topic and describing it in such an overly-simplistic and superficial way like the above poster did fails to do the concept justice.
Appeal to authority? Bravo!
Actually, my pious friend, I am quite certain that armies of marxist economists, philosophers, et al. have come up with any number of crackpot 'intellectual' schemes to justify their laughable yet pernicious social engineering, of which race preferences are the only the most visible example. Others include the idea that the reason there are far fewer women in the hard sciences is entirely due to social construction, or that little boys should be discouraged from playing with violent toys.
It all comes down to yet another project in the never-ending struggle to fortify the academic left's endless moral vanity, with little serious thought for what effect it has on the purported beneficiaries.