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‘The various forms of distinction and prestige acquired through cultural recognition…the form that the various species of capital assume when they are perceived and recognized as legitimate’ (P. Bourdieu2005). Forset and Johnson (2002) AAAG 92, 3 discuss the role of symbolic capital in Moscow in the transformation of national identity. See Matos-Wasem (2005) J. Alpine Res. 93, 1 on ‘good’ air—a slightly diagonal usage of the term symbolic capital.

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