Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Executive Summary)

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Executive Summary)

This is the executive summary of the full report, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee, on ideological transmission in the context of education and prisons.

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Executive Summary)
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This is the second in a series of synthetic research reports on ideological transmission produced by the CREST programme, Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context. It focuses on peer-to-peer relationships as a context for ideological transmission, particularly in the context of education and prisons.

The research questions that inform these reports are as follows:

  • How is political and religious ideology (beliefs, values, attitudes, and embodied practices) 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?

The first review (see Ideological Transmission I: Families), dealt with the ideological influence of the family on young people. The third review will deal with transmission by and through political and religious organisations.

This second review focuses on secondary socialisation, and considers ideological transmission within social groups (peers), centred on educational settings, including schools, universities and university societies, 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.

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Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Executive Summary)

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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