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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number814
Number of pages14
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Lockdown
  • Digital religion
  • Monasticism
  • Benedictine


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