Erotic Capital

Natalie Madeleine Jensen, Benjamin Jensen, Emma Engstrøm, Jannik Maas & Izabela Majchrzak

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project “Erotic Capital” concerns the topic and theory of Erotic Capital, coined by Catherine Hakim. The idea of Erotic Capital derives from Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of Personal Capitals – in this, Erotic Capital is discussed as an additional Personal Capital. In connection to the investigation of the theory Erotic Capital, certain theories of Feminism, Masculinity, Femininity, Gender and Cultural Differences are explored and examined. This is done in order to study how these theories connect with and influence the phenomena Erotic Capital. Primarily, theory sections, within the methodology chapter, on each theory will entail how they function – this is done to give both the group and the reader a greater knowledge on the before-mentioned theories, thereby creating a broader knowledge and overview on the subjects at hand. Additionally, the theories used in the dissertation, are used in order to explore the phenomena and the restrictions of it in order to, lastly, help conduct a suitable conclusion on how the phenomena Erotic Capital and 21st Century Feminism differ from one another and how the cultural differences in gender roles influence this. In order to study and conclude upon the latter, a Qualitative Research Method was used in order to conduct a Structured Interview. The interview was conducted with four individuals of different cultural backgrounds and with different genders but same educational and social level. The interviews was further investigated through the methods of Discourse Analysis and Phenomenology applied. These interviews gave the possibility of studying if Erotic Capital is current in people’s everyday life, the awareness of it, and finally if the cultural background or gender can have an influence on this. The latter part of this project analyses, discusses and concludes on the theory of Erotic Capital in regards to Feminism, Masculinity, Femininity, Gender and Cultural Differences. The focus of this project is thereby to investigate and conclude, if Erotic Capital is a valid theory, how it differs from Feminism, and lastly how it is connected to Gender and Cultural Differences.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 jan. 2016
VejlederePrem Poddar


  • Masculinity
  • Bourdieu
  • Erotic Capital
  • Feminism
  • Femininity
  • Cultural Differences
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Capitals
  • Culture