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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)

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In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britain's Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike dismiss as feckless, criminalized and ignorant a vast, underprivileged swathe of society whose members have become stereotyped by one, hate-filled word: chavs. In this groundbreaking investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from salt of the earthA" to scum of the earth.A" Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, one based on the media's inexhaustible obsession with an indigent white underclass, he portrays a far more complex reality. Moving through Westminster's lobbies and working-class communities from Dagenham to Dewsbury Moor, Jones reveals the increasing poverty and desperation of communities made precarious by wrenching social and industrial change, and all but abandoned by the aspirational, society-fragmenting policies of Thatcherism and New Labour. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient figleaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems, and to justify widening inequality. Based on a wealth of original research, and wide-ranging interviews with media figures, political opinion-formers and workers, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844676965
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 228 x 155 x 24 mm

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“Exemplary work!”

This is the first book in a long time where I have been equally enthralled and engaged, The quality of Jones's research and exploratory nature of his prose is of the highest standard. The book serves well to... More

Paperback edition
22nd March 2012
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“Very informative ”

Altough this book was written in 2010, it is even more relevant today!

Paperback edition
31st October 2016
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Neill Walker@Coleraine

“Chavs”

This is a timely defence of working class people who only seem to exist for the media as stereotypes - lazy, drunken, foul-mouthed, badly dressed benefit scroungers. As the author makes clear that is far from the... More

Paperback edition
16th June 2012
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