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Inheritance

  • By: Carolyn Folkman Curasi
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

Inheritance is defined as money, property, possessions, or a title that is received from a family member, especially at the time of his or her death, with the transfer of ownership legally protected by the court system. It is also defined as the receipt of a right or an object previously owned by a now deceased family member. It is often considered as the receipt of a legacy, that is, part of a family heritage. Something received from a parent or parents as in a genetic transmission is also considered an inheritance. In a social or societal context, inheritance is a process by which property relations, social relations, and cultural relations are reproduced over time, within families as well as societies.

The Historical Significance of Inheritance

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