ABSTRACT

There is a growing field of studies on exit processes from extremist and militant organizations. What is missing, however, is a more developed oral history of exit processes in different European countries. We have interviewed individuals who left the National Socialist movement five or ten years ago and studied as well as analyzed how their narratives of exit processes are re-constructed and told today. Their reconstruction of exit process narratives and stories was influenced by several factors, such as the time axis, their education, intimate relations, employment situation, gender, and class. The results pointed to a number of push and pull factors. The exit processes were seldom straightforward and linear, but instead dependent on a number of social psychological factors and processes. This chapter provides an in-depth examination of how young people reason and motivate themselves to change their own lives.