The summary paper should:
Evaluate GENERAL Social Structures Facilitating Adoption of Ideologies (3/10) 15%
Throughout the term, we have discussed systems, situations, and individual
actions/compliance. Your first three (3) papers focused on these issues.
For the fourth paper, please submit a refined table and its associated explication incorporating
the impacts of the diffusion of innovations, adoption, adopter categories, and propaganda/mass
General Structures Facilitating the Adoption of Ideologies
By Warren Lentz, Kolin Pound, Michael Sachaj, Kirsten Stahlberg and Blake Yocom
Throughout this course we have examined different situations and structures that
facilitate the adoption of an ideology.
Strong case studies were presented through both
text and film.
The Devil’s Playground, the Great Derangement, Jesus Camp, Late
Marriage, Magdalene Sisters, the Milgram Experiment, and the Stanford Prison
Experiment are excellent testaments to the power of systems and social structures in
facilitating the adoption of ideologies.
This paper will examine those structures and
further explain the multitude of reasons for ideological adoption.
The more charismatic the leader, the more likely the ideology will be adopted
The followers of the John Hagee ministries in Taibbi’s
The Great Derangement
demonstrate this. John Hagee has a following of approximately 4.5 million viewers,
whether that is through live Sunday sermons or those that are televised. This idea of the
importance of a charismatic leader can also be seen by Pastor Phil Fortenberry on the
Encounter Weekend retreat, and through the other break out session coaches. The
Cornerstone Church’s members admire Hagee, Fortenberry and others at the upper
echelon of the hierarchical structure of the church, as these leaders seem to possess all the
qualities that the members are looking to achieve themselves. For the men, for example,
those leaders that had “healed their wounds” often exuded an aura of macho-ness and