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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)
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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 acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from "salt of the earth" to "scum of the earth." Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. 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, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain. This updated edition includes a new chapter exploring the causes and consequences of the UK riots in the summer of 2010.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844678648
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 190 x 127 x 30 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

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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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