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Social Capital, Social Identities by Hans Bernhard Schmid, Christoph Henning, Dieter Thomä

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Mike Savage

Cultural Capital and Elective Belonging:A British Case Study

They are there, and not just there, but are attached because they see the place as the chance to practice a principle.

(Raffel 2006)

Introduction

Long ago Georg Simmel understood modernity as a zone of structured contingency, the domain of the stranger who ‘comes today and stays tomorrow’. In the viscous networks of contemporary capitalism the politics of belonging takes on ever more intense significance. Reterritorialisation, the etching of activity into the landscape, the formation of what Deleuze and Guattari (1987) call ‘striated space’, becomes a necessary part of moral claim making. The processes by which social groups cohere, identify themselves, and take positions ...

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