Introductions to Foucault


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There are now so many introductory texts to Foucault's work that introducing Foucault has become an industry in itself.
If you notice anything missing from this list, either in English or in other languages, please me. Send me as much information as you like (eg publicity blurbs, abstracts etc etc).


English language

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

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

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.
Review, Foucault Studies, no. 3, November 2005.

May, Todd. (2006). The Philosophy of Foucault. London: Acumen.
Review, Foucault Studies, no. 4, February 2007.

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.
Review, Foucault Studies, no. 3, November 2005.

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.

Oksala, Johanna. (2007) How to Read Foucault New York: W.W. Norton.

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

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.

Other languages

Sarasin, Philipp. (2008). Michel Foucault zur Einführung. Junius Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-88506-633-0