The following is a useful list of references – from within IR but also far beyond it – that encompass elements of the post-critical agenda being developed by this project.

For more specific introductions to post-critical thought see the books section.


Abraham, Kavi Joseph, and Yehonatan Abramson. 2017. “A pragmatist vocation for International Relations: The (global) public and its problems.” European Journal of International Relations no. 23 (1):26-48.

Abrahamsen, Rita., and Michael C. Williams. 2009. “Security Beyond the State: Global Security Assemblages in International Politics.” International Political Sociology no. 3:1-17.

Acuto, Michele. 2014. “Everyday International Relations: Garbage, Grand Designs, and Mundane Matters.” International Political Sociology no. 8 (4):345-362.

Adler, Emanuel, and Vincent Pouliot. 2011a. “International practices.” International Theory no. 3 (1):1-36.

Adler, Emanuel, and Vincent Pouliot. 2011b. International Practices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. 2012. Bourdieu in International Relations: Rethinking Key Concepts in IR. London: Routledge.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. 2014a. “Stigma management in international relations: Transgressive identities, norms and order in international society.” International organization no. 68 (1).

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. 2014b. “Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU’s External Action Service.” Review of International Studies no. 40 (4):657-681.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. 2015. Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty, and European Integration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca, and Vincent Pouliot. Forthcoming 2014. “Power in Practice: Negotiating the International Intervention in Libya.” European Journal of International Relations no. 20 (4):889-911.

Aradau, Claudia. 2004. “Security and the democratic scene: desecuritization and emancipation.” Journal of International Relations and Development no. 7:288-413.

Aradau, Claudia, and Tobias Blanke. 2016. “Politics of prediction: Security and the time/space of governmentality in the age of big data.” European Journal of Social Theory. doi: 10.1177/1368431016667623.

Aradau, Claudia, and Jef Huysmans. 2013. “Critical methods in International Relations: The politics of techniques, devices and acts.” European Journal of International Relations no. 20 (3):596-619.

Ashcroft, Bill. 1996. “On the Hyphen in ‘Post-Colonial’.” New Literary Review no. Winter.

Andrejevic, Mark. 2013. “Whither-ing Critique.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies no. 10 (2-3):222-228.

Austin, Jonathan Luke. Forthcoming. “A Parasitic Critique for IR.”

Austin, Jonathan Luke. 2016. “Torture and the Material-Semiotic Networks of Violence Across Borders.” International Political Sociology no. 10 (1):3-21.

Austin, Jonathan Luke. 2017. “We have never been civilized: Torture and the materiality of world political binaries.” European Journal of International Relations no. 23 (1). doi: 10.1177/1354066115616466.

Austin, Jonathan Luke. Forthcoming. “A Parasitic Critique for IR.”

Austin, Jonathan Luke, and Riccardo Bocco. 2017. “Becoming a Torturer: Towards a Global Ergonomics of Care.” International Review of the Red Cross no. 901.

Autesserre, Séverine. 2014. Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Balibar, Étienne. 2016. “Critique in the 21st century.” Radical Philosophy no. 200 (Nov/Dec 2016).

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Bigo, Didier. 2011. “Pierre Bourdieu and International Relations: Power of Practices, Practices of Power.” International Political Sociology no. 5 (3):225-258.

Blanchard, Eric. 2003. “Gender, International Relations, and the Development of Feminist Security Theory.” Signs no. 28 (3):1289-1312.

Blommaert, Jan. 2005. “Bourdieu the Ethnographer: The Ethnographic Grounding of Habitus and Voice.” The Translator no. 11 (2):219-236.

Boland, Tom. 2013a. “Critique is a thing of this world: Towards a genealogy of critique.” History of the Human Sciences no. 27 (1):108-123.

Boland, Tom. 2013b. “Towards an anthropology of critique: The modern experience of liminality and crisis.” Anthropolgical Theory no. 13 (3):222-239.

Boltanski, Luc. 2011. On Critique: A Sociology of Emancipation. Cambridge: Polity.

Boltanski, Luc. 2014. Domination et émancipation: Pour un renouveau de la critique sociale. Paris: Presses Universite de Lyon.

Booth, Ken. 1991. “Security and Emancipation.” Review of International Studies no. 17 (4):313-326.

Booth, Ken. 2007. Theory of World Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1979. Algeria 1960: The Disenchantment of the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1999. “The Social Conditions of the International Circulation of Ideas.” In Bourdieu: A Critical Reader, edited by Richard Shusterman. Oxford: Blackwell.

Bourne, Mike. 2012. “Guns don’t kill people, cyborgs do: a Latourian provocation for transformatory arms control and disarmament.” Global Change, Peace & Security no. 24 (1):141-163.

Brown, Chris. 2013. “The Poverty of Grand Theory.” European Journal of International Relations no. 19 (3):483-497.

Bueger, Christian. 2013. “Practice, Pirates and Coast Guards: the grand narrative of Somali piracy.” Third World Quarterly no. 34 (10):1811-1827.

Bueger, Christian. 2015. “Making Things Known: Epistemic Practices, the United Nations, and the Translation of Piracy.” International Political Sociology no. 9 (1):1-18.

Bueger, Christian, and Frank Gadinger. 2014. International Practice Theory: New Perspectives. London: Springer.

Bueger, Christian, and Frank Gadinger. 2015. “The Play of International Practice.” International Studies Quarterly no. 59 (3):449-460.

Buzan, Barry, Ole Waever, and Jaap De Wilde. 1998. Security: A New Framework for Analysis. London: Lynne Rienner.

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Clarke, Adele. 2005. Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn. London: Sage.

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DeLanda, Manuel. 2016. Assemblage Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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Felski, Rita. 2012. “Critique and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion.” M/C Journal no. 15 (1).

Felski, Rita. 2015. The Limits of Critique. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

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Huysmans, Jeff. 2008. “The Jargon of Exception—On Schmitt, Agamben and the Absence of Political Society.” International Political Sociology no. 2 (2):165-183.

Huysmans, Jef, and Joao Pontes Nogueira. 2016. “Ten Years of IPS: Fracturing IR.” International Political Sociology no. 10 (4):299-319.

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Kompridis, Nikolas. 2006. Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory Between past and Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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