Foucault and the Modern International

Silences and Legacies for the Study of World Politics

  • Philippe Bonditti
  • Didier Bigo
  • Frédéric Gros

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. De-disciplining Knowledge About the International

  3. Between Philosophy and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Michael J. Shapiro
      Pages 115-134
  4. International?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Marta Fernández, Paulo Esteves
      Pages 137-153
    3. Jean-François Bayart
      Pages 175-188
  5. (Neo-)liberal?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Laurence McFalls, Mariella Pandolfi
      Pages 219-235
  6. Biopolitical?

  7. Global?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Stuart Elden
      Pages 295-311
    3. R. B. J. Walker
      Pages 313-339
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 341-376

About this book


This book addresses the possibilities of analyzing the modern international through the thought of Michel Foucault. The contributors question four of the most self-evident characteristics of our contemporary world—‘international,’ ‘(neo)liberal,’ ‘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 scholars and students of international relations, international political sociology, international political economy, political theory/philosophy and critical theory more generally.

Philippe Bonditti is Assistant Professor at the European School of Political and Social Science (ESPOL-UCL), France. 

Didier Bigo is Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris, France, and Professor of International Relations at Kings College London, UK. 

Frédéric Gros is Professor of Philosophy at Sciences Po Paris, France. 


Foucault International Modern World Politics Legacies

Editors and affiliations

  • Philippe Bonditti
    • 1
  • Didier Bigo
    • 2
  • Frédéric Gros
    • 3
  1. 1.European School of Political & Social Sciences (ESPOL)Université Catholique de Lille Lille CedexFrance
  2. 2.CERISciences Po ParisParisFrance
  3. 3.CEVIPOFSciences Po ParisParisFrance

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