New Report on Ideological Transmission – Peers, education and prisons

Transmission Peers, education and prisons

A new report launched today is the second in a series of reports on ideological transmission.

CREST has launched the second in a series of synthetic research reports on ideological transmission, produced by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee from the CREST programme on Ideas, Beliefs and Values in Social Context. This new report, on ideological transmission between peers and in education and prison settings is available to download here.

The reviews bring together and summarise open source, social science research on ideological transmission. They draw on literature from religious studies, social psychology, sociology, political science, education, anthropology and security studies, and address the following research questions:

  • How is political and religious ideology passed on between and across generations and to newcomers?
  • Who is responsible for ideological transmission?
  • Where and when does ideological transmission take place?
  • How do these issues apply to the transmission of extremist and terrorist ideologies?

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Full Report)

Ideological Transmission I: Families

This first report focuses on the family as a context for ideological transmission, and includes case studies on extremism and terrorism.

The relationship between the family and ideological transmission is complex. There is some evidence that ideology can pass down through the generations, but this is by no means a foregone conclusion. Many factors can intervene and affect this process, and some beliefs and values are more effectively transmitted than others.

You can read, download and share the first report and executive summary here.

Transmission II Peers, education and prisons

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons

This second report focuses on peer-to-peer relationships as a context for ideological transmission, particularly in the context of education and prisons.

This report has revealed that there is little work that concentrates explicitly on ideological transmission between peers. Studies have focused predominantly on behaviours, relationships and to a lesser extent influences, with relatively little consideration of ideas, values and beliefs or their connection to action.

You can read, download and share the second report and executive summary here.

Ideological Transmission III: Politics and Religion

The third report will deal with transmission by and through political and religious organisations.
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These reports are products from the ‘Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context’ programme, led by Professor Kim Knott at Lancaster University. The project was funded by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats. You can read more about the project here.