1. Christopher Falzon1,
  2. Timothy O'Leary2 and
  3. Jana Sawicki3

Published Online: 5 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/

A Companion to Foucault

A Companion to Foucault

How to Cite

Falzon, C., O'Leary, T. and Sawicki, J. (eds) (2013) Introduction, in A Companion to Foucault, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Newcastle, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  3. 3

    Williams College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334067

Online ISBN: 9781118324905



  • biopower;
  • epistemology;
  • ethics;
  • governmentality;
  • Michel Foucault;
  • queer studies;
  • race studies


This is an introductory chapter to A Companion to Foucault, the work of Michel Foucault that consists of specially written essays. These essays offer both an overview of Foucault's own work and an exciting snapshot of his continuing influence in areas as diverse as queer studies, epistemology, the study of government and biopower, critical race studies, and ethics. Framing the collection are two unique elements: a detailed chronology of Foucault's life and work, written by Daniel Defert, and an appendix that includes a complete concordance of all of Foucault's shorter works. Contributors include both established researchers who have been utilizing the Foucauldian “ tool-box ” for many years and new scholars who will continue to hone and reassign those tools into the future.