Practicing criticism is a matter of making facile gestures difficult--Michel Foucault
chasing dragons critically explores issues that traverse the continuum of security, politics, and culture. Our audience is anyone who is growing tired of traditional social commentary and the limited vision of political possibility that it forwards. Our goal is to at least give our readership pause to think about things differently.
About kyle grayson
Kyle Grayson is a Lecturer in International Politics in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University UK where he has taught modules in international relations, geopolitics, popular culture,and research methods.
He is a co-editor of POLITICS (with Martin Coward) and a co-editor the Popular Culture and World Politics Book Series (along with Matt Davies, Simon Philpott, Christina Rowley and Jutta Weldes). He was also named an Associate Editor of the new journal Critical Studies on Security.
Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security and Associate Director of the York Center for International and Security Studies. His first book, Chasing Dragons: Security, Identity, and Illicit Drugs in Canada, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008. Other work on the theory and practice of human security has previously appeared in the academic journals Canadian Foreign Policy, Security Dialogue, International Journal, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
Research work on international relations theory, the world politics/popular culture continuum, and human security has appeared in the Review of International Studies, Politics, and International Politics. Two recent book chapters have been included in edited collections with University of Toronto Press and Oxford University Press Canada. These explore the history of Canadian illicit drugs policy and critical perspectives on Canadian foreign policy respectively.
His current research analyzes how assassination and targeted killing have been presented as a problem in the legal, strategic, and political discourses that make-up counter-terrorism policy. Some of this work will be appearing in 2012 in the journals Security Dialogue and Politics. A book length treatment of the topic is scheduled to be published with Hurst and Co. Publishing Ltd. sometime in 2013.
He also been examining foreignness and the liberal political subject via the Paddington Bear series of children's books. The first output from this research will be appearing in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
He can be reached here.