CSR, Issue 3: Transmission

CSR3 Transmission

Issue 3 of CREST Security Review is here!

CSR is a quarterly magazine which provides a gateway to the very best knowledge and expertise on understanding, mitigating and countering security threats. Each issue includes articles focused on a particular topic. Our first issue addressed information elicitation, the second considered social science contributions to cyber security and our third issue focuses on the transmission of ideas, beliefs and values.

‘Transmission’, the third issue of CREST Security Review, is out now. In it we focus on how, where and by whom extremist ideologies are acquired and spread. CREST is committed to sharing research as widely as possible and so CSR is available on our website to download for free. Tell your colleagues and networks and share the link on your websites and newsletters: www.crestresearch.ac.uk/csr/.

Understanding how extremist ideas are transmitted is a key priority of many governments and law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies – Matthew Francis, CSR Editor

Researching transmission draws attention to how ideologies are mediated, and how propaganda works. How do social groups, including radical ones, replicate the traditions and culture they have worked so hard to build? Why are some charismatic individuals and ideologues successful transmitters? What makes for an effective transmission process, and does the same process work for counter messaging?

Studying extremist ideological transmission and how counter-messaging works needs to be seen within the broader context of child and adult learning, cultural acquisition, and political and religious communication. Similar processes are at work, whether the material to be transmitted is socially acceptable or not. In this issue, Scourfield and Jasjit Singh draw on research into transmission of religious identity in Muslim and Sikh families. We learn valuable lessons from their work about religious nurture and how the internet has affected transmission.

The issue also features case studies on transmission in the suffragette movement and Northern Ireland, provided by Elizabeth Morrow and Benjamin Lee, and Aristotle Kallis writes about how waves of radical ideas can spread through whole societies, drawing on the ‘virus’ of fascism in 1930s Europe.

We also feature research from one of our commissioned projects, led by Nick Donnelly, on what makes spotting unfamiliar faces difficult and CREST researcher Lorraine Hope on when we should, and shouldn’t, be concerned about inconsistencies in interviews.

To read these articles and many more, visit the download link below, where you can read CSR as a flip book, download a high-resolution version of the magazine, or download a low-resolution version for emailing to friends and colleagues. 

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