British Journal of Psychology

The intergenerational transmission of participation in collective action: The role of conversation and political practices in the family


Marcela Cornejo

Carolina Rocha, Diego Castro, Micaela Varela, Jorge Manzi, Roberto González, Gloria Jiménez-Moya, Héctor Carvacho, Manuel Cheyre, Belén Álvarez, Daniel Valdenegro, Andrew G. Livingstone


In this study, we examined the intergenerational transmission of collective action from parents to children. Using a mixed-method approach combining quantitative andqualitative analysis, we analysed data from 100 dyads of activist parents in Chile (involvedin the mobilizations against the dictatorship during the 1980s) and their adult children (N = 200). The quantitative analysis addressed the role of conversations about politics in the family. The results provided evidence of a direct association between those conversations and the frequency of participation in conventional and radical actions by the children, and an indirect association via children’s knowledge about parental involvement in past social movements. The qualitative phase, which used interviews and thematic analysis on a subsample of 24 dyads (N = 48), confirmed the role of política lconversations, but also revealed the influence of other factors such as cultural consumption and joint political participation. This phase allowed the identification offactors that facilitate or hinder family transmission. Overall, the study highlights the relevance of family as a critical site of socialization that enables the intergenerational transmission of protest.