SSSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Date: Friday, August 9

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Session 020: The Racial Politics of Cultural Capital
Room: Fifth Avenue Suite

Sponsor: Program Committee

Organizer: Bedelia Richards, University of Richmond

Facilitator &

Discussant: Susan A. Dumais, Lehman College

Description:  This panel will interrogate the idea that cultural capital is exclusively a class-based phenomena, and challenge the taken for granted whiteness embedded in how the concept is defined and applied. The session is structured as a conversation among panelists who respond to a set of pre-distributed questions; drawing on their specific research expertise. The panel will open with a brief overview of the issues at stake from the facilitator as to why the conversation is an important one to have, as well as a brief introduction of each panelist. From there, the facilitator asks questions to which each panelist responds. The moderator will invite panelists to discuss the ways in which race and racism "show up" in cultural capital research, current gaps in our knowledge about the relationship between cultural capital and whiteness, and what it would require for scholars to decenter whiteness in cultural capital research.


“Cultural Capital as Whiteness? Examining Logics of Ethno-racial Representation and Resistance,” Derron Wallace, Brandeis University

“The Role of Immigrant Narratives on the Development of Students’ Cultural Capital,” Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Framingham State University

“What Can the United States Learn from the Study of Class and Race in Mexico?” Hugo Ceron-Anaya, Lehigh University

“From Embodiment to Institutionalization: Confronting the Totalizing Dimensions of White Capital,” Jennifer Mueller, Skidmore College