Ideological Transmission I: Families (Executive Summary)

The Family And Ideological Transmission (executive summary_

This report is the executive summary of the first of a series of synthetic reviews on ideological transmission produced by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). It focuses on the family as a context for ideological transmission, and includes case studies on extremism and terrorism. Later reports will consider education and peers, and religious and political organisations.

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Executive Summary)
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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?

This report synthesises arguments and findings from more than a hundred books and articles. It is divided into three principal sections, on the theoretical background, empirical approaches, and case studies on ideological transmission and families in the context of extremism and terrorism.


Both the executive summary and full report are available to download for free.

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Executive Summary)The Executive Summary can be downloaded for free here The Family and Ideological Transmission (Executive Summary).

The full report can be found here.

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.

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