Monasterium panopticum: On Surveillance in a Medieval Cloister - the Case of St. Gall
2006 (English)In: Frühmittelalterliche Studien, ISSN 0071-9706, E-ISSN 1613-0812, Vol. 40, 167-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article aims to explore the practice of surveillance of monks in the early medieval monasteries on the example of St. Gall as described in Ekkehard IV's . Based on Erving Goffman's concept of total institution the study presents the available disciplinary measures of social control. Discussing with the restrictive methods and absolute attitude towards supervision that emerge from the normative sources of that time it is argued that in the everyday monastic life uses and importance attached to the apparatus of surveillance were far more nuanced and adjustable to circumstances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter , 2006. Vol. 40, 167-182 p.
St Gall, surveillance, panopticon, monasticism, Michel Foucault
Religious Studies Social Anthropology
Research subject History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13316ISBN: 978-3-11-018637-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13316DiVA: diva2:179836