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Professor Mark Neocleous

Professor Mark Neocleous

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Mark is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, having 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.

Mark is currently working on a variety of book projects:

The first is tentatively titled Imagined Immunities, taking his critique of security in a new direction by arguing that the overlapping connections constantly drawn between security and immunity allow us to imagine security's violence through the lens of the autoimmune disease.

The second is called Powers of Pacification, an overview and development of his recent work on the concept of pacification.

The third is a volume co-authored with Tyler Wall, on manhunting and the figure of the fugitive, in terms of the role of the manhunt in the historical foundation of bourgeois order and its contemporary cultural form.

Mark's book The Fabrication of Social Order: A Critical Theory of Police Power (2000) is being reissued in a new edition in 2020, published with Verso.

Mark's work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, 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)

Newest selected publications

Neocleous, MA. (2016) 'The Universal Adversary: Security, Capital and 'The Enemies of All Mankind''. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. ISSN 13: 978-1-13-895515-8


Neocleous, MA. (2014) 'War Power, Police Power'. Edinburgh University Press. ISSN 13: 978-0-7486-9237-8


Neocleous, MA. (2011) 'Anti-Security'. Red Quill Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-9269581-4-9


Neocleous, M. (2008) 'Critique of security'. Edinburgh University Press/McGill-Queens University Press. ISSN 10: 0748633286 ISSN 13: 9780748633289


Neocleous, MA. (2005) 'The monstrous and the dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism'. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISSN 10: 0-7083-1903-3

More publications(9)