Expectations of the Future As Motivation in New Rightist Movements
In my contribution I analyze to what extent the perception of the threatening future motivates new-rightist-activists in Germany to commit specific actions. My analysis is based on Gesa Lindemann's concept of care. According to Lindemann the motivation to act is always connected to the specific reference to the subjective relevant future, which the self expects. The person gets confronted with the potential failure of the future and gets motivated to act in order to prevent the future failure. This present motivation is called to care. The concept of care rests on the subjectively perceived relevancy of the future: If the potential failure of the future does not affect the person, he or she will not care.
This implies that for my analysis I need to investigate how individual activists perceive themselves as affected by the threatening future. Therefore, I conducted an ethnographic field research for several months. I observed four new-rightist-groups at informal gatherings, training and political actions like demonstrations. Furthermore, I interviewed key participants and evaluated public self-representations. The qualitative data were coded based on the grounded theory.