Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Owen Jones


Bestselling research into the parable and fact of working-class lifestyles in modern Britain

In glossy Britain, the operating category has develop into an item of worry and mock. From Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike brush off as feckless, criminalized and ignorant an unlimited, underprivileged swathe of society whose contributors became stereotyped by means of one, hate-filled be aware: chavs.

In this acclaimed research, Owen Jones explores how the operating category has long gone from “salt of the earth” to “scum of the earth.” Exposing the lack of know-how and prejudice on the middle of the chav sketch, he portrays a much more complicated truth. The chav stereotype, he argues, is utilized by governments as a handy fig leaf to prevent actual engagement with social and financial difficulties and to justify widening inequality.

When Chavs used to be first released in 2011 it unfolded the dialogue of sophistication in Britain. Then, within the public debate after the riots of that summer season, Owen Jones’s thesis was once proved right—the operating classification have been the scapegoats for every thing that used to be mistaken with Britain.

This new version incorporates a new bankruptcy, reflecting at the overwhelming reaction to the ebook and the location in Britain this present day.

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