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Professor Mark Neocleous

Professor Mark Neocleous
Professor - Critique of Political Economy

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My current role is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, having joined Brunel in 1994 in what was then a Department of Government. I am a critical theorist who focuses on questions of state power and capital, especially as they pertain to police, security and war, a series of powers that can be captured under the  label 'pacification'. I also have an interest in the political imagination, especially concerning bodies, monstrosity, subjectivity and death.

Broadly speaking, my work straddles the following areas: i) the history of ideas; ii) critical theories of power; iii) the concepts of security, war and police; iv) the logic of pacification; v) Marx and the Marxist tradition, especially Western Marxism; vi) how we imagine bodies; vii) death, the dead, and the politics of the death drive.

More detail is given in the sections on this webpage called 'Research' and 'Selected Publications'. The 'Selected Publications' section lists only my books. Most of my published work is available for free either here: 

or here:

If there is a publication of mine that you can't find on those sites, email me and if I can then I will provide it. 


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

Newest selected publications

Neocleous, M. (2021) 'A Critical Theory of Police Power'. Verso. ISSN 13: 978-1788735209


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: 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

More publications(10)