How the Inheritance System Thinks? Queering Kinship, Gender and Care in the Legal Sphere

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My chapter is a case study on Finland where the inheritance legislation has been conceptualised to be gender neutral and “just” (the legal share goes equally to daughters and sons). However, in the actual inheritance situations the law supports gendered and sexual inequalities in promoting marriage and biological reproduction. It is largely based on the “Euro-American” kinship model of marriage and blood as described by the US anthropologist David Schneider.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw, Politics and the Gender Binary
EditorsPetr Agha
Number of pages20
Publication date1 Aug 2018
ISBN (Print)9781138486058
ISBN (Electronic)9781351047005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Bibliographical note

Dr. Antu Sorainen, PhD, is an Academy Fellow and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has MA in Cultural Anthropology and Law, and a PhD in Women’s Studies. She studied queer legal history and co-authored a book on conceptual history of Sittlichkeit in Finland. She holds a Academy Fellowship for “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups” (2014-2019) and won a major Academy grant to direct a research team “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (2016-2020).
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Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Legal philosophy
  • Inheritance and sexualities
  • Queer Law
  • Gender studies in law

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