ABSTRACT

With socio-economic inequity increasing and welfare shrinking, the neo-liberal policies are adopting a partisan approach of either pathologising or invisibilising ‘the poor’ and fragmenting the family. This chapter draws on two researches conducted with workers in informal sectors namely the waste-pickers on a dumping ground and women working in the mining sector, to elucidate the impact of poverty and the resultant experience of structural violence. The analysis sheds light on how families are impacted at different levels as a result of poverty. The findings illustrate that families in poverty for survival allocate resources differently but also get access to services differently. Thus, challenges facing families in poverty are both external and internal. External challenges include the impact of poverty and its resultant migration whereas the internal challenges include the transition in values and changes in role structures across generations. The chapter underscores the importance of understanding the interplay of internal and external challenges confronting families experiencing poverty using the Structural violence lens.