If materiality is integral to poverty, can poor people have positive relationships with materiality? Common understandings of poverty reduce the relationship of low income people with material culture largely to the expression of inequality as seen in their lack of income and possessions.
But just like everyone else, ‘poor’ people use material forms to creatively construct their social identities and communities, and transform their socioeconomic situations. Indeed their relationship to homes, clothes and other material goods may be more complex and nuanced precisely because the range is more constrained.
The materiality of the poor is not necessarily a materiality of poverty.