Inheritance and Intergenerational Relationships in English Families

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI:
 Inheritance and Intergenerational Relationships in English Families

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This chapter examines the impact of inheritance on intergenerational relationships in the UK. There is little evidence to suggest that intergenerational relations are changing because more people have acquired significant assets to bequeath, or that children have ‘rights’ over their parents’ property. However, there is a clear distinction between ‘being given’ something and ‘having the right’ to it.

Keywords: inheritance; intergenerational relationships; United Kingdom; kinship; family relationships

Chapter.  5718 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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