This introductory chapter emphasizes the importance of friendship in solidarity efforts between women of different cultural, national, or religious backgrounds or who share those backgrounds yet inhabit/make different sartorial/political communities/choices. It briefly defines friendship and brings it to focus in the larger global and political arena, explaining that friendship on such a scale would be possible by unraveling our own assumptions and clearing the colonial and racial debris from our perceptual apparatus to see intimately and to become personal. These “dissident friendships,” then, the chapter contends, are potentially transformative, personally and socially transformative, and in many cases, subversive. To conclude, the chapter presents a brief overview of the dissident friendships to be discussed in the succeeding chapters.
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