Subject and Keywords:
The present methodological paper has three aims. First of all, it puts forward the notion of a “legal survival” as a methodological tool at the interstices of comparative legal scholarship, legal history and socio-legal studies. Secondly, on the basis of examples of the legal survivals of real socialism in Polish private law, the paper enquires about the most appropriate methodological approach for analysing legal survivals. Thirdly, it argues that the notion of legal survivals is a particularly useful tool for analysing changes in legal culture following a systemic transformation.