(noun) The tendency for children to enter the same or similar occupations as their parents.
Example: My father was a sociology professor and I am too.
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- Plural: career inheritances
- Children follow the path of their parents due to a variety of factors including socialization and access to social capital.
- A type of inheritance.
- Career inheritance used in a sentence: My sister and I both followed in the footsteps of our dad and are perfect examples of career inheritance.
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “career” and “inheritance” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- family life cycle
- family of orientation
- family of procreation
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How to Cite the Definition of Career Inheritance
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “career inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/career-inheritance/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
career inheritance. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/career-inheritance/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “career inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/career-inheritance/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“career inheritance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/career-inheritance/>.