chapter  4
Trapped within poverty and violence
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The above quotes were selected to open a chapter on ‘poverty and violence’ because they illustrate the humanity that is sometimes hidden behind scholarly accounts of these distressing life experiences. The first quote refers to an emerging understanding of poverty that goes beyond a purely technical assessment of income requirements towards a focus on quality of life measures. The second quote reminds us that people have a capacity to exercise strategic agency and resilience when confronted with the material and emotional consequences of poverty and violence but this requires a social, economic and legal climate that is conducive to sustainable recovery and healing.