‘Pressure creates diamonds’/‘fire refines gold’: conceptualizing coping capital

Kapoor, Vikram and Belk, Russell. 2022. ‘Pressure creates diamonds’/‘fire refines gold’: conceptualizing coping capital. AMS Review, 12(3-4), pp. 196-215. ISSN 1869-814X [Article]

s13162-022-00236-0.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

While many consumer behavior studies have investigated consumer coping, few have considered it as a source of positive benefits in addition to being a matter of necessity. In this paper, we draw on Bourdieu’s notion of capital to introduce the concept of coping capital—the intentional or unintentional accumulation of resources, such as emotional and epistemic-competencies and skills resulting from coping with adversity, that may thereafter exist in an embodied state in the form of mental and physical dispositions—dispositions that later provide benefits in life. We suggest that the benefits of coping capital may be determined using either a prospective or a retrospective approach. These benefits may be anticipated or unanticipated when intentionally coping with adversity, while the benefits are predominantly unanticipated when unintentionally coping. By conceptualizing coping capital, our study makes a domain-level conceptual contribution to research on consumer coping. In addition the concept of coping capital may have broader implications outside of the domain of consumption.

Item Type:


Identification Number (DOI):



Consumer coping, Cultural capital, Bourdieu, Resource reservoir

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies


21 July 2022Accepted
1 September 2022Published Online
December 2022Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

29 Jul 2022 09:14

Last Modified:

20 Jan 2023 15:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)