This article analyzes the Pegida movement from Germany, arguing
that Pegida has to be seen as a special form of a populist right movement.
Besides sharing the basic characteristics of such a movement, it also displays
attributes from other forms of right-wing activism. The additional forms of
right-wing activism identified as influential for Pegida were autonomous
nationalism and ethnopluralism. These forms of activism contributed to the
movement on different levels and their combination accounts for the special,
hybrid form of Pegida. This analysis builds upon social movement theory and
is based upon primary data collected in interviews with participants and from
the official Facebook website of the movement.