The politics of foreignness

Democracy and the Foreigner confronts us with a diagnostic question: Instead of asking ‘how should we solve the problem of foreignness?’ or ‘What do we do about them?’ the book poses a question that is distinct but might help with those others — ‘What problem might foreignness be solving for democracies, as we fret about or welcome immigrants, try to secure our borders or welcome the new cosmopolitan age?’

(An interview with Bonnie Honig, 437)