chapter  3
Writing structural violence: conceptualising ordinary South African being
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Introduction The material realities of disaster and danger presented in the previous chapter are intertwined with also less tangible, yet very powerful, forms of suffering which many South Africans experience. Acknowledging these intersectionalities signifi cantly aids a case for more substantive social change, which extends far beyond popular conceptions of risk reduction. This chapter argues that to mitigate disaster also requires actions that do not take disaster as the primary foci. At the same time, disasters are often not residents’ most pressing concern. Danger is fundamentally political and urgent, and it is part of a problem far more vast, chronic and acute, than a framing such as DRAaM allows for.