Pegida: Die schmutzige Seite der Zivilgesellschaft? Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015.Pp. 208. €19.99. isbn 978-3-8376-3192-0.Unlike the parliaments of other Western European countries, the German Federal Parliament had not hosted a populist party that based its election campaign on outright anti-Muslim populism until 24 October 2017. On that day, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag with 13% of the national vote. Yet, a protest movement that fed on a mixture of anti-elitist and anti-Muslim sentiments had been developing in Germany since the mid 2000s, first with the help of social media and the Internet, before increasingly moving onto the streets and finally into several regional and the national parliaments.This report on Pegida contains narrative descriptions and insights based on observations made during demonstrations, several hours of qualitative focus group discussions and online surveys among those who identify themselves as Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West; pegida). The authors’ research for this detailed description is located within the field of studies on protests and movements (Protestforschung), a subfield of political science. Franz Walter from the University of Göttingen and his team maintain that the movement arose from a Facebook group. By 2015,
Journal of Muslims in Europe – Brill
Published: Feb 28, 2018
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