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 original work - whose experimental nature moves beyond traditional academic bounds - undertakes to theorize the meanings, deployments and consequences of otherness, a term largely overlooked by academic debates. Innovative in format, the book is comprised of 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 - which investigates how disciplines engage and define the concept of the foreign. Drawing out literal and metaphorical meanings of foreignness, Saunders' wideranging volume offers much to scholars of postcolonial, gender and cultural studies seeking new approaches to the study of alterity.