Experts in self-isolation? Monastic outreach during lockdown
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This paper draws on digital ethnography to examine the experience of a Catholic English Benedictine monastery in the context of restrictions on religious gatherings during the global COVID-19 pandemic. As the monks expand their digital presence and social media involvement, it is their experience of social withdrawal and apparent expertise in self-isolation that provides the grounding for their public engagement. While Max Weber depicts the monk as world-transcending ‘virtuoso’, in a time of lockdown this separation from the world provides a point of connection with the experience of wider society.
Irvine , R D G 2021 , ' Experts in self-isolation? Monastic outreach during lockdown ' , Religions , vol. 12 , no. 10 , 814 . https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100814
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