Inheritance in Contemporary America

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Inheritance in Contemporary America

With the baby boom generation on the cusp of retirement, life expectancies on the rise, and the nation’s cultural makeup in flux, the United States is faced with social and policy quandaries that demand attention. How are elders to balance the competing claims of helping family members during their lifetime, saving for old age, and planning estates? What roles should the state, family, and individuals play in supporting people during later life? Are new familial gift-giving trends sustainable, and, if so, what effects might they have on future generations? Inheritance in Contemporary America tackles the complex legal, policy, and emotional issues that surround bequests and inheritances in an era of increasing longevity, broadening ethnicity, and unraveling social safety nets. Through empirical analyses, case studies, interviews, and anecdotes, Jacqueline L. Angel explains the historical nature of familial giving and how it is changing as the nation’s demographics shift. She explores the legal, personal, and policy complexities involved in passing wealth down through generations and provides a cross-disciplinary context for exploring the indelible effects that newly unfolding inheritance practices will have on various societal cohorts and the nation in general. From nuclear and extended families to the state and nongovernmental bodies, Angel’s engaging study explores how attitudes toward giving are evolving and confronts in stark terms the legacy that these shifts in attitude will leave. This book will be a vital tool for scholars and practitioners in gerontology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and public policy.

Inheritance and Wealth in America

... Jeffrey P Rosenfeld examines the incidence and changing causes of will contests in contemporary America. He argues that disinheritance and will contests are deviant components of the inheritance system— violations of inheritance ...

Inheritance and Wealth in America

Inheritance and Wealth in America is a superb collection of original essays, written in nontechnical language by experts in sociology, economics, anthropology, history, law, and other disciplines. Notable chapters provide - an outstanding interpretative history of inheritance in American legal thought - a critical review of the literature on the economics of inheritance at the household and societal levels - a superb history of Federal taxation of wealth transfers, and - a sociological examination of inheritance and its role in class reproduction and stratification. This groundbreaking work is of value to any researcher dealing with the transmission of wealth and privilege across generations.

Inheritance in America

Inheritance in America


The Rowman Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work

Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. 26. ... Inheritance in Contemporary America: The Social Dimension of Giving across Generations.

The Rowman   Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work

This handbook is a comprehensive resource for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a broad overview of interrelated topics concerning the aging workforce.

Inheritance of Wealth

Opponents of inheritance tax sometimes point out that taxes on intergenerational transfers have never raised much revenue.30 This ... The position of inheritance taxes in contemporary America suggests something of a shift in attitudes ...

Inheritance of Wealth

Daniel Halliday examines the moral grounding of the right to bequeath or transfer wealth. He engages with contemporary concerns about wealth inequality, class hierarchy, and taxation, while also drawing on the history of the egalitarian, utilitarian, and liberal traditions in political philosophy. He presents an egalitarian case for restricting inherited wealth, arguing that unrestricted inheritance is unjust to the extent that it enables and enhances the intergenerational replication of inequality. Here, inequality is understood in a group-based sense: the unjust effects of inheritance are principally in its tendency to concentrate certain opportunities into certain groups. This results in what Halliday describes as 'economic segregation'. He defends a specific proposal about how to tax inherited wealth: roughly, inheritance should be taxed more heavily when it comes from old money. He rebuts some sceptical arguments against inheritance taxes, and makes suggestions about how tax schemes should be designed.

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

THE INHERITANCE 491 struggle with alcoholism, and inner conflicts about his sexuality led him to take his own life. INHERIT THE WIND. This three- act historical drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the famous 1925 Scopes ...

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology.

Death Deeds and Descendants

This book is an important contribution to the study of the relationship between sociology of the family and sociology of social stratification.

Death  Deeds  and Descendants

Clignet's analysis of the processes of biological, economic, and cultural reproduction at work in inheritance patterns in modern America is the first sustained treatment by a sociologist. Using the concept of reproduction to organize his data, Clignet shows that even today inheritance serves to perpetuate both familial wealth and familial relations. He examines how decedents chose particular legal instruments (wills, trusts, insurance policies, gifts inter vivos) and how, in turn, the instrument chosen contributes to explain the extent and the form of inequalities in bequests as a function of gender or matrimonial status of the beneficiaries. The author utilizes two kinds of primary data: the estate tax returns filed by a sample of male and female beneficiaries to estates in 1920 and 1944--representing two successive generations of estate transfers--and publicly recorded legal instruments such as wills and trusts. In addition, he draws widely on sources from secondary literature in the fields of anthropology, economics, and history. Clignet's book underscores the variety of forms of inequality that bequests take and highlights the complexity of interrelations between the cultures of the decedents' nationalities and issues like occupation and gender. Inheritance is viewed in long perspective as illustrative of the subtle tensions between continuity and change in American society. This book is an important contribution to the study of the relationship between sociology of the family and sociology of social stratification.

Elder Law

Inheritance rights in almost all countries are based on consanguinity and/or marriage. But to say the least, ... Contemporary America: The Social Dimensions of Giving across Generations (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008).

Elder Law

The ageing population poses a huge challenge to law and society, carrying important structural and institutional implications. This book portrays elder law as an emerging research discipline in the European setting in terms of both conceptual and theoretical perspectives as well as elements of the law.

Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction

So Sweetie o√ers Nathaniel his inheritance: in her safe, he finds a tintype of Lucasta Jones, his biological grandmother, and, hidden in I. V.'s shoes, diamonds that belonged to Sylvia Reed, Rollins's wife.

Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction

With close readings of more than twenty novels by writers including Ernest Gaines, Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson, Gloria Naylor, and John Edgar Wideman, Keith Byerman examines the trend among African American novelists of the late twentieth century to write about black history rather than about their own present. Employing cultural criticism and trauma theory, Byerman frames these works as survivor narratives that rewrite the grand American narrative of individual achievement and the march of democracy. The choice to write historical narratives, he says, must be understood historically. These writers earned widespread recognition for their writing in the 1980s, a period of African American commercial success, as well as the economic decline of the black working class and an increase in black-on-black crime. Byerman contends that a shared experience of suffering joins African American individuals in a group identity, and writing about the past serves as an act of resistance against essentialist ideas of black experience shaping the cultural discourse of the present. Byerman demonstrates that these novels disrupt the temptation in American society to engage history only to limit its significance or to crown successful individuals while forgetting the victims.

The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction

Indeed, this aspect of postmodern writingisa further inheritance for the contemporary writer, and one which is evident especially in the work ofRoth and DeLillo whosebooks throughoutthe 1970sand 1980s have been categorised asdistinctly ...

The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction

This volume explores the confluences between two types of literature in contemporary America: the novel and the epic. It analyses the tradition of the epic as it has evolved from antiquity, through Joyce to its American manifestations and describes how this tradition has impacted upon contemporary American writing.

Contemporary American Reform Responsa

of parental names and inheritance and matters of concern . These adopted orphans also continue to have different rights within their new home which are distinct from those of any natural children who were in the household .

Contemporary American Reform Responsa

More than 200 responsa offering practical guidance in all areas of life.

Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues

Tulalip codes are silent on this issue, and traditional use-rights are not protected legally A second exception to the institution of the mainstream societys patterns of inheritance is the section of the Lummi code that concerns spousal ...

Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues

Duane Champagne has assembled a volume of top scholarship reflecting the complexity and diversity of Native American cultural life. Introductions to each topical section provide background and integrated analyses of the issues at hand. The informative and critical studies that follow offer experiences and perspectives from a variety of Native settings. Topics include identity, gender, the powwow, mass media, health and environmental issues. This book and its companion volume, Contemporary Native American Political Issues, edited by Troy R. Johnson, are ideal teaching tools for instructors in Native American studies, ethnic studies, and anthropology, and important resources for anyone working in or with Native communities.

The Inheritance

Investigates how three obscure immigrant families made and unmade the Democratic majority

The Inheritance

Investigates how three obscure immigrant families made and unmade the Democratic majority

Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction

23. expansionism, establishes that “[t]his vision has been a constant throughout American history, ... Milkman's quest is set in motion by the presumed contents of the green sack that is Pilate's “inheritance” (Morrison, Song of Solomon ...

Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction

This book examines representations of the specter in American twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction. David Coughlan’s innovative structure has chapters on Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, and Philip Roth alternating with shorter sections detailing the significance of the ghost in the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, particularly within the context of his 1993 text, Specters of Marx. Together, these accounts of phantoms, shadows, haunts, spirit, the death sentence, and hospitality provide a compelling theoretical context in which to read contemporary US literature. Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction argues at every stage that there is no self, no relation to the other, no love, no home, no mourning, no future, no trace of life without the return of the specter—that is, without ghost writing.

Contemporary American Biography

that he appreciates and knows how to develop his inheritance . His ancestry in succeeding generations have been distinguished alike for eminent service in the field and in the forum , in the State and in the nation .

Contemporary American Biography


Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction

It becomes clearthat Helen's recipe forstrucla conceals an inheritance which goes beyond material possessions. Ginger, the deceasedmother, 'returns' through the cakerecipeand thatreturn, in Jodey Castricano's words, ...

Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction

Establishing an interdisciplinary connection between Food Studies and American literary scholarship, Piatti-Farnell investigates the significances of food and eating in American fiction, from 1980 to the present day. She argues that culturally-coded representations of the culinary illuminate contemporary American anxieties about class gender, race, tradition, immigration, nationhood, and history. As she offers a critical analysis of major works of contemporary fiction, Piatti-Farnell unveils contrasting modes of culinary nostalgia, disillusionment, and progress that pervasively address the cultural disintegration of local and familiar culinary values, in favor of globalized economies of consumption. In identifying different incarnations of the "American culinary," Piatti-Farnell covers the depiction of food in specific categories of American fiction and explores how the cultural separation that molds food preferences inevitably challenges the existence of a homogenous American identity. The study treads on new grounds since it not only provides the first comprehensive study of food and consumption in contemporary American fiction, but also aims to expose interrelated politics of consumption in a variety of authors from different ethnic, cultural, racial and social backgrounds within the United States.

Setbacks and Advances in the Modern Latin American Economy

For Latin America, for example, from 2000 to 2008, not only have the number of billionaires increased – whi supports the inheritance division theory – but also the available assets. While HNWIs in Latin America still had private ...

Setbacks and Advances in the Modern Latin American Economy

This volume explores several notable themes related to the economy in Latin America and offers insightful historical perspectives to understand national, regional and global issues in the continent since the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The collected essays focus on economic crises, the relationship of growth models to society and politics, the fluctuations of local economies and regional protests. Other aspects of consideration in this area include the evolution of integrated regional trading blocs, the informal economy, and the destruction of the productive potential that has had a serious social, cultural and environmental impact. The volume refuses to impose a traditional and uncritical linear historical narrative onto the reader and instead proposes an alternative interpretation of the past and its relation to the present.

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

Kathy, a domestic cleaner who inherited the house from her father, is only a slip away from the underclass, living in a recognisably blue collar America of truck stops, diners, cheap motels and country and western music.

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the possibility of terror — whether state or non-state, external or homegrown — shadows Utopian imaginings. Terror and Utopia are linked in fiction through the exploration of the commodification of affect, a phenomenon of a globalized world in which feelings are managed, homogenized across cultures, exaggerated, or expunged according to a dominant model. Narrative approaches to the terrorist offer a means to investigate the ways in which fiction can resist commodification of affect, and maintain a reasoned but imaginative vision of possibilities for human community. Newman explores topics such as the first American bestseller with a Muslim protagonist, the links between writer and terrorist, the work of Iranian-Jewish Americans, and the relation of race and religion to Utopian thought.

Unusual Stories Unusually Told 7 Contemporary American Plays from Clubbed Thumb

I have a very low rent and a small inheritance. So I don't actually work. Allison Oh. Did we talk about that? James What? Allison The ... inheritance/low rent/not working thing. James I doubt it.

Unusual Stories  Unusually Told  7 Contemporary American Plays from Clubbed Thumb

Unusual Stories, Unusually Told celebrates some of the boldest contemporary American voices with seven plays from Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks. Spanning 2001 to 2019 and accompanied by artist interviews and reflections on the work, this anthology presents a vital survey of formally inventive 21st century playwriting, and is a perfect collection for study and performance. U.S. Drag by Gina Gionfriddo A serial killer named Ed stalks the city, luring his victims by asking for help. To protect themselves, a group of New Yorkers form SAFE, “Stay Away From Ed.” The first rule: don't help anyone. It's a matter of urban survival. Slavey by Sigrid Gilmer In which Robert and Nora, a couple on the rise, get a big promotion, a bigger house, and a brand new slave. Dot by Kate E. Ryan In which old Dot and the weird kid from the neighborhood become friends. Set in that kind of Florida town that makes you wonder: is this TV, a book, or maybe even a cabaret? Baby Screams Miracle by Clare Barron In which a freak storm knocks down all the trees in town and a prodigal daughter is taught a new way to pray. But the weird weather's not over yet. Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men On Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Of Government by Agnes Borinsky The adventures of Barb the Teacher, Deb the Seeker, Heidi the Helper, Tawny the Addict and a host of others. With songs! Presented by Miss Marjorie Blain, her students, and members of the community. Light refreshments will be provided. Plano by Will Arbery Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. Let's talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

Property and Civil Society in South Western Germany 1820 1914

Legitimate children were intestate heirs; they were the first in line to inherit, and could not be completely cut out ... On the differences between contemporary American inheritance law and continental European law, see the unusually ...

Property and Civil Society in South Western Germany 1820 1914

This is a study of the uses of property in south-western Germany from 1820 to 1914. Based on extensive documentation from civil court records, the book provides important new insights into the nature of civil society, forms of social conflict, and the application of the law to everyday life. The book's intriguing, sometimes bizarre, and always revealing stories of legal disputes offer an ironic and bemused view of the past human condition.