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Mark Neocleous**



Mark joined Brunel University in the Department of Government in 1994. Since then he has published numerous books and articles. His most recent work has been towards the development of a critique of security, taking his earlier work on the state, the fabrication of order and the political mobilization of fear in a new direction. This has most recently resulted in an extensive argument concerning the overlapping modalities of the powers of war and police. His current project is on manhunting in both its contemporary form and in its role as the historical foundation of bourgeois order. His work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, French, Italian and German. Mark was for 20 years a member of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy, and is a member of the editorial collective of Red Quill Books.


  • PhD Philosophy (Middlesex)
  • MSc Politics and Sociology (Birkbeck)
  • BSc Philosophy and Sociology (City)

Research area(s)

A critical theorist who focuses on questions of state power, especially as they pertain to police, security and war. I also have an interest in the political imagination, especially concerning monstrosity, subjectivity and death.

Director, Social and Political Thought Research Group

  • History of Ideas
  • Marx and Marxism
  • War, Police, Security and State Power
  • Pacification

Membership and affiliation


Research project(s) and grant(s)

Current work is on two projects. The first is on the politics of immunity, developing a radical rethinking of security as an autoimmune disease. The second is on manhunting as fundamental to the historical logic of pacification and the contemporary logic of sovereignty. These projects are part of the ongoing critique of security in my work. As part of this critique I work with a network of scholars on the theme of ‘anti-security’, set up to challenge the hegemonic power of security politics in all its guises (especially those that claim to be ‘critical’). 


Critique of Security



Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor or co-convenor

  • Central Themes in Political Thought (Yr 1)
  • Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics (Yr 2)
  • Marx and Marxism (Yr 3)


  • Departmental Director of Research

Selected Publications


Neocleous, MA.   (2016) The Universal Adversary: Security, Capital and 'The Enemies of All Mankind'. Abingdon, Oxon:  Routledge 

Neocleous, MA.   (2014) War Power, Police Power.  Edinburgh University Press 

Neocleous, MA.   (2011) Anti-Security.  Red Quill Press 

Neocleous, M.   (2008) Critique of security.  Edinburgh University Press/McGill-Queens University Press 

Neocleous, M.   (2005) The monstrous and the dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism.  Cardiff: University of Wales Press 

Neocleous, M.   (2003) Imagining the state.  Maidenhead: Open University Press 

Neocleous, M.   (2000) The fabrication of social order: A Critical Theory of Police Power.  Pluto Press 

Neocleous, M.   (1997) Fascism.  Open University Press 

Neocleous, M.   (1996) Administering Civil Society: Towards a Theory of State Power.  Macmillan 

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