Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class is a non-fiction work by the British writer and political commentator Owen Jones, first published in 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 . Chavs. The Demonization of the Working Class. by Owen Jones. Paperback; Ebook Bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in .
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My parents, now comfortably off in their retirement, still inhabit the mindset of the working class and I find myself torn between the two – simultaneously gratified to have ‘risen pf my upbringing and enjoying a better standard of living than my parents did at the same age, and horrified at the snob I’ve become in the process and some of the values I may have left behind.
I tue wish someone would tackle a similar analysis of spanish society, though I suspect in Spain aspects like family and church would have to play a much tbe role. In the end I think this book is disingenuous. Jan 19, Daniel Lomax rated it really liked it Shelves: Above all, it’s an exploration of a bitter hatred of working class collective identity, of their cultural institutions, of their trade unions, of their very collective strength, all of which might counterbalance the excesses of the aristo-oligarch-financial matrix that today so dominates our society — and the concerted effort to smash them into the dust.
Jones point is straightforward: The demonization enumerated in this informative book is chilling and concerning, wodking current disparagement of this demographic has proven to be merely the insult, added to the initial and enduring injury – both financial and spiritual – inflicted by the controversial Thatcher – an injury, no less, unnervingly dis honoured by her successors.
I’m also a sucker for the underdog and it’s easy to resent treatment meted out by the ruling elite. We have an elite media, reporting on an elite governing class who in turn carry out policies for elite corporate employers which are reported clasw to the general population by those same elite media operatives, where do working people get a look in?
Nov 30, Malcolm rated it liked it Shelves: For me personally, it was educational to read in some detail about a period of modern history I have never been familiar with beyond the popular wisdom absorbed from society and my also very liberal peers.
The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality. There is no one who represents their views and when tthe happens the far right will be the first shoulder to cry on as it fills a vacuum in its own cowardly way.
The term percolated into non-traveller youth initially in the SOuth East workkng the traveller community has strong roots and not in the “proud North”. I unabashedly enjoy my artisan sourdough and free-flowing prosecco, but am I contributing to my community? A chavi is normally a teen who exhibits ‘laddish’ fhavs and is exclusively male. I must say thought, that the final conclusion left me baffled: Initially brought about by class warriors on the Right—such as Margaret Thatcher and her right-wing brand of Toryism—during the s, but later unchallenged, in a significant fashion, by much of the center-left parties [such as New Labour] in the decade that followed.
I need more stars! Furthermore, I think that while Jones succeeds in defining working class, he really doesn’t seem to reach a conclusion about what “middle class” is, treating it at times as a homogeneous group which doesn’t really help his case. The only difference is that the middle class is equally willing to be snobbish about rich people and the names of political parties.
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones – review | Books | The Guardian
When the real enemy? 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. This is not just about the UK, it is a portrait of injustice that has gone unchecked for far too long. My parents were manual workers at the lowest echelon of that grouping and worked incredibly hard yet my dad was a staunch Tory – he just didn’t trust people who used politics to elevate themselves whilst proclaiming to support the very working class they were eager to leave behind.
Or rather that the middle class has too many privileges? Pittards nit-picking 2-star screed which is currently the leading review and just read it.
Whatever he did on the night, its casual malice led him, indirectly, to write this book, which argues that class hatred is the last acceptable prejudice. Suffice to say that this book is about social justice — a call to arms to challenge both the chav caricature and the insidious divide between rich and poor that has widened over the last three decades.
That they have rather more in common with their cloth-capped, factory-working ancestors their ‘factory’ being the admin mill of the modern open plan officeis smothered by the presentation of the chav caricature.
The word’s etymology is contested: Shamefully, the Labour Party has been a willing ally of the wealthy few against the interests and concerns of the many. Britain’s indigenous working classes are put last in line for employment, council housing, health care, education and bank loans in favour of the exotic Third world immigrants especially Muslims favoured by the pc left elites.
Should be compulsory reading for left wing politicians, all journalists and everyone who cares. If you are a bright child born into a working-class family, you do not have any of these things. demoniastion
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
I didn’t know I did, until I moved near a Sainsbury’s, and now I walk around the aisles looking at all the frivolous overpriced follies the depressing sterile middle-aged housewives buy to try and invigorate their sexless bloodless fina “The CEO of Nike turned over 5 billion dollars last year.
In early I worked briefly for a tabloid newspaper whose offices rang with its daily use along with its bedmate, “pikey”directed not towards the paper’s readers, but towards those it was assumed would be too “thick” to read any newspaper at all.
Jul 20, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. Thus it becomes excusable to be loathing of the poor and indifferent of poverty.
I was finding the book both interesting and enlightening. To ask other readers questions about Chavsplease sign up. Jones doesn’t shy away from raising the spectre of class war — but he makes a strong case for it being a one-sided battle. Refresh and try again.
According to Jones’ analysis, I am clearly middle class. This also translates to a politically correct anti-white racism.