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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Introductions and overviews of Foucault’s work

There are now so many introductory texts to Foucault’s work that introducing Foucault has become an industry in itself. This list is fairly old now and I will update it when I have time. In the meantime, please feel free to add missing works (in any language) in the comments box below and I will add them to the main body of the page.

Barker, Philip. (1998). Michel Foucault: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Cooper, Barry. (1982). Michel Foucault: An Introduction to the Study of His Thought. Edwin Mellen Press. (Studies in Religion and Society, Volume 2)

Danaher, Geoff, Schirato, Tony, & Webb, Jennifer. (2000). Understanding Foucault. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin.

Dreyfus,Hubert L. and Rabinow, Paul. (1982). Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. Prentice-Hall.

Fillingham, Lydia Alix, & Süsser, Moshe. (1993). Foucault for Beginners. New York: Writers and Readers Beginners Documentary Comic Books.

Gutting Gary. (2005). Foucault: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.

Horrocks, Chris, & Jevtic, Zoran. (1997). Foucault for Beginners. Cambridge: Icon Books.

Jose, Jim. (1998). Biopolitics of the Subject: An Introduction to the Ideas of Michel Foucault. Darwin: Northern Territory University Press.

Kendall, Gavin and Wickham, Gary. (1999). Using Foucault’s Methods. London: Sage.

Macey, David. ( 2005). Michel Foucault. London: Reaktion Books.

May, Todd. (2006). The Philosophy of Foucault. London: Acumen.

McHoul, A W, & Grace, Wendy. (1993). A Foucault Primer: Discourse, Power and the Subject. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

McNay, Lois. (1994). Foucault: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Mills, Sara. (2003). Michel Foucault. London: Routledge.

O’Farrell, Clare. (2005). Michel Foucault. London: Sage Publications. Core Cultural Theorists series.

O’Farrell, Clare. (1989). Foucault: Historian or Philosopher? London: Macmillan, 188 pp. Reprinted in paperback 1993. Ebook 2017

Prado, C. G.. (1995). Starting with Foucault: An Introduction to Genealogy, Boulder: Westview Press.

Rajchman, John. (1985). Michel Foucault: The Freedom of Philosophy. New York: Columbia University Press.

Sheridan, Alan. (1980). Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth. London: Tavistock Publications.

Shumway, David R. (1992). Michel Foucault. University Press of Virginia.

Smart, Barry. (1985). Michel Foucault. London: Tavistock.

Spargo, Tamsin. (1999). Foucault and Queer Theory. Icon Books.

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