Foucault and the Modern International: Silences and Legacies for the Study of World Politics is a new collection with Palgrave, edited by Philippe Bonditti with Didier Bigo and Frédéric Gros.
This book addresses the possibilities of analyzing the modern international through the thought of Michel Foucault. The broad range of authors brought together in this volume question four of the most self-evident characteristics of our contemporary world-‘international’, ‘neoliberal’, ‘biopolitical’ and ‘global’- and thus fill significant gaps in both international and Foucault studies. The chapters discuss what a Foucauldian perspective does or does not offer for understanding international phenomena while also questioning many appropriations of Foucault’s work. This transdisciplinary volume will serve as a reference for both scholars and students of international relations, international political sociology, international political economy, political theory/philosophy and critical theory more generally.
It’s been a long time in the making, and while in production Palgrave was bought by Springer, which may explain the obscene price for the volume. I’m told there should be a paperback at some point, but the eBook price is unjustified. A preprint of my essay ‘Foucault and Geometrics‘ is available on this site; I hope other chapter authors can do the same.