Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)
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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 09/05/2011
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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

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Neill Walker@Coleraine


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

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16th June 2012
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well written, easy to read, intelligent and insightful.

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30th July 2012
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“So thought provoking....”

I am three quarters of the way through this book and have found it difficult to put down. I have asked so many friends to also read it as I can't wait to hear other views on it. It's enlightening for... More

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18th July 2011
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