Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Alessandro Buono
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/177 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 505-525 File size 251 KB
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This essay introduces a dossier written together with Teresa Bernardi, Umberto Signori and Stefano Poggi, which aims to put to the test Arndt Brendecke and Paola Molino’s historiographic proposal of "Cultures of Vigilance" to the test. Through the analysis of three case studies (the control of marriages in the city of Venice between the 16th and 17th centuries, the analysis of the production of information by Venetian consuls in Smyrna between the 17th and 18th centuries, and the reorganization of the control of the territory in the city of Vicenza in the Napoleonic age) the authors of the dossier investigate, each in their own context, the usefulness of moving from the paradigm of surveillance to the analysis of the concrete practices and cultures of vigilance. This introductory essay attempts to trace a common path between the three interventions, highlighting some methodological issues and topics, and developing a dialogue with recent studies on denunciation and communication between the rulers and the ruled. In particular, this essay argues that in order to better understand the specific early modern "culture of vigilance", it is necessary to connect it with its peculiar "culture of possession", i.e. the idea that power and iurisdictio, like any other right, are defined in terms of possessio and actual exercise, rather than in terms of dominium.
Keywords: surveillance, cultures of vigilance, delation, communication, cultures of possession.
Alessandro Buono, Dalla sorveglianza alla vigilanza: a proposito di "culture della vigilanza" di Arndt Brendecke e Paola Molino. Introduzione in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 177/2022, pp 505-525, DOI: 10.3280/SS2022-177004