The Concept of the Foreign: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

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Rebecca Saunders
Lexington Books, 2003 - Philosophy - 300 pages
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The Concept of the Foreign investigates the diverse and consequential uses of the concept of the foreign--a formidable and hitherto untheorized force in everyday discourse and practice. This highly original work--whose experimental nature moves beyond traditional academic bounds--undertakes to theorize the meanings, deployments, and consequences of 'foreignness', a term largely overlooked by academic debates. Innovative in format, the book comprises an introductory theoretical dialogue and seven essays, each authored by a scholar from a different discipline--anthropology, literary theory, psychology, philosophy, social work, history, and women's studies-who investigate how his/her disciplines engage and define the concept of the foreign. Drawing out literal and metaphorical meanings of 'foreignness' this wide-ranging volume offers much to scholars of postcolonial, gender, and cultural studies seeking new approaches to the study of alterity.
 

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Contents

Instability and Disciplines
3
Belonging Distance
19
The Pathologized the Improper and the Impure
35
The Present Temporality and Materiality
51
The Exile of Anthropology
71
Foreign Bodies Engendering Them and Us
91
Expedition into the Zone of Error Of Literal and Literary Foreignness and J M Coetzees Waiting for the Barbarians
115
Encountering Alien Otherness
153
Xenotropism Expatriatism in Theories of Depth Psychology and Artistic Vocation
179
War to the Death Nativism and Independence in Latin America
223
Changing Images and Similar Dynamics Historical Patterning of Foreignness in the Social Work Profession
237
Index
281
Notes on Contributors
299
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Rebecca Saunders is an associate professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University.

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