Passing On: Kinship and Inheritance in England

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Overview

"Inheritance, once the preserve of the propertied upper classes, has become a much more common experience. Many more people now have something of material value to bequeath when they die, mainly because of the spread of home ownership during the second half of the twentieth century. Passing On examines what these changes can tell us about kinship in England, through a study of how contemporary families handle inheritance." "Based on the findings of a major research project into inheritance and kinship, Passing On examines how property and possessions are transmitted, 'who gets what' and the meaning this has for individuals and families. The authors argue that we should understand English kinship as a set of relational practices which are flexible and variable, rather than as a rigid structure or system. Inheritance is characterised more by symbolic practices and moral reasoning than by materialism." "Of interest to lecturers and students of sociology, anthropology, social policy, law and gender studies, Passing On is also of considerable relevance to those seeking to understand changing forms of kinship and ownership, especially researchers, policy makers and legal practitioners."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857282764
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Making connections: kinship and inheritance 1
2 Questions of complexity: a case study 25
3 Transmissions and divisions 62
4 Moral dilemmas 88
5 Questions of ownership 111
6 Symbolism 139
7 Drawing conclusions: kinship and inheritance 162
App: Methodology 183
Bibliography 189
Index 193
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