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Dissident FriendshipsFeminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity$
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Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040412

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040412.001.0001

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The Dissidence of Daily Life

The Dissidence of Daily Life

Feminist Friendships and the Social Fabric of Democracy

(p.221) Chapter 10 The Dissidence of Daily Life
Dissident Friendships

Lori E. Amy

Eglantina Gjermeni

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is a dialogic rendition of a union between a U.S.-based researcher of trauma, identity, and war (Lori Amy) and an activist/practitioner in the field of gender and development who became politically active in Albania (Eglantina Gjermeni). While Gjermeni struggles with the seemingly hopeless quagmire of Albania's political sphere, Amy wants to understand the trajectory of Cold War cultures, the politics of transition, and contemporary war-on-terror agendas that shape the political and economic problems in Albania. The friendship is thus one in which emotional attachment and an empathic response to each other's lived experience help both women reenvision their possibilities for transformative intellectual, academic, and political engagement.

Keywords:   Albania, Cold War, lived experiences, transformative engagement, feminist friendships, democracy, gender, emotional attachment

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