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What's the difference between human capital and cultural capital?
- Source: Niraj Kaji, on Quora
Human capital is the measure of what a person or group of people can do. This can be broken down into subparts - what they know as well as their capacity to do, learn and grow.
Cultural capital is a measure of influence. While conceptually it can be tied to an individual (e.g. Madonna has a large amount of cultural capital for a single person) it is usually used in discussing the influence a society has on another. For example, the US has a great deal of cultural capital in that US made music, TV and movies are often shown around the world - the logical byproduct being that US culture 'rubs off' in small increments far beyond its boundaries.