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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class ❮Read❯ ➲ Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class Author Owen Jones – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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, c In modern Britain, the Demonization of ePUB ´ 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 chavsIn this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone Chavs: The PDF or 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 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 inequalityBased on a wealth of original research, Chavs is a damning indictment The Demonization of ePUB ✓ 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.


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  1. Mark Hebden Mark Hebden says:

    I grew up on a council estate and I remember the people who live on them with great fondness I didn t really know I was working class as I hadn t become aware of the rigid structure of our society but working class I was then and remain now That same fondness was once felt across the board, maybe not in full but the majority of people knew that those who lived on council estates were the salt of the earth , the wheels of the economy or simply that they loved their mum and would do owt for I grew up on a council estate and I remember the people who live on them with great fondness I didn t really know I was working class as I hadn t become aware of the rigid structure of our society but working class I was then and remain now That same fondness was once felt across the board, maybe not in full but the majority of people knew that those who lived on council estates were the salt of the earth , the wheels of the economy or simply that they loved their mum and would do owt for you Those days and those feelings are gone and they are not gone because the people on estates have suddenly changed What has changed is the representation of a whole class, a majority indeed of people across the entire medium of communication There has been a concerted effort on the part of politicians and media institutions to label the entire working class as cheaters, swindlers, oafs, alcoholic, racist, violent thugs who are a burden on our economy and our public services This didn t happen overnight, it is a steady drip, drip of misinformation and accusation that has gathered pace over the years It started with Margaret Thatcher and her liberalisation agenda The privatisation of public services coupled with the decimation of manufacturing created a cocktail of terror in the heartlands of northern England particularly and the rest of the country generally In coal mining towns, all there was, was the coal mine To de industrialise alone without giving thought to re energising those areas was positively criminal and has resulted in huge swathes of people who have been lost to our modern, allegedly burgeoning society That is just one way the Tories, and Labour after them ruined the lives of countless ordinary people The trick however wasn t to attack the working class employment alone, it was to turn the rest of society against them Once these people couldn t get work, it was their own fault we are told, and the tabloids jump on any benefit cheat story they can lay their hands on to which the end point is always, they re all like this Since then we have let government get away with this you re poor and it s your fault attitude The fact that over half of all politicians in the House of Commons went to public private, in reality schools should give some idea of why this has come about, they are also paid a minimum of 68,000 per annum putting them in the top 9% of workers in the country Ever since the poor acquired the vote the ruling class has been terrified of the power of democracy, so what do they do Instead of governing in the interests of the majority they take away their options Is it any wonder that the bottom decile of the population have the fewest people who go and vote There is no one who represents their views and when that happens the far right will be the first shoulder to cry on as it fills a vacuum in its own cowardly way The media, also highly public school oriented, is equally culpable When was the last time you saw a working class person on TV, a real one That means not some sick Little Britain sketch that pokes fun at socially retarded single mothers, or the caricatures we see on the Jeremy Kyle show other exploitative chat shows are available It s almost impossible to find any non derogatory representation for the majority of society on our main medium of communication When the BBC had its white working class season they had programmes made by and for the chattering classes as though working men and women were there to be poked with sticks and observed like some new species discovered in the jungles of Borneo We have an elite media, reporting on an elite governing class who in turn carry out policies for elite corporate employers which are reported back to the general population by those same elite media operatives, where do working people get a look in Owen Jones book gets to the very heart of this subject with his passionate prose and elucidates the argument much better than I can He crystallises the debate well through interviews with people on all sides of the class spectrum while proving his overriding point that the criticism levelled at the working class for the past 30 years has been false, misguided and unfair He calls for a new politics of understanding and fairness, a change to the rigidity of society that only occasionally lets a poor person in to it to spice up the gene pool The best trick of all was getting the working class to fight among themselves for the scraps that fall from the top table to the floor, and getting the middle classes to think that it s the ones at the bottom that is ripping them off Benefit fraud comes to virtually nothing when compared with tax evasion and avoidance by the rich, but when was the last time Philip Green, The Barclay Brothers, Lord Rothemere and their ilk were on the cover of tabloids for the amount they rip us all off They never are because we have the powerful people in power and other powerful people checking up on powerful people and it s in all their interests to change nothing In the working class they found their perfect scapegoat to keep their sordid little racket going, and everyone fell for it


  2. Trevor Trevor says:

    This is a wonderful book, and I strongly recommend it This might be a bit of a strange review, because I don t think I m hardly going to talk about this book as much as I should, but rather about a play I saw on the weekend The point is that the play made me think of this book and I might not have written a review of the book at all other than because of the play, although I ve now read most of this book twice now.Some quick background Chavs is an English term for working class people The eq This is a wonderful book, and I strongly recommend it This might be a bit of a strange review, because I don t think I m hardly going to talk about this book as much as I should, but rather about a play I saw on the weekend The point is that the play made me think of this book and I might not have written a review of the book at all other than because of the play, although I ve now read most of this book twice now.Some quick background Chavs is an English term for working class people The equivalent term in Australia is Bogan Both mean uncouth and lacking in taste, style or class Both are used exclusively as a caricature of what it means to be white working class in Australia and Britain Originally, I was told CHAV was an abbreviation of Council Housed And Violent but apparently this isa myth, and the word comes from a Romany word for child As someone who has always been fascinated by Gypsies, that came as a surprise too.The world is full of paradoxes, for instance, we are supposed to live in a classless society you know, where everyone is middle class But one of the really interesting things in this is that the number of people who now refer to themselves as working class has taken a recent up tick The problem is, of course, that middle class isn t the opposite of working class Middle class implies an upper and a lower rather than a working The middle class, however it is defined, tends to work The shift recently has been away from seeing the working class as the salt of the earth and seeing themas bigoted, stupid, greedy, selfish, welfare and just about everything else cheats That this change has occurred at a time when our societies are systematically dismantling the welfare state smells a lot like blaming the victim.I found the play deeply disturbing I ve been going to plays at Malthouse Theatre for the last five years or so, and generally love the plays But this year has been very disappointing and this play all theso It was written by a young woman who said her family are working class, and that they think she is crazy for being interested in the arts And so she feels she now stands somewhere between working and middle class Don t get me wrong this is pretty much where I feel I stand too It is an oddly isolating place to be one where you never quite feel you fit in If the play had been about this, it would have been one I would have remembered for a very long time, and possibly one I might have praised excessively highly.The problem is that she has written a play that is meant to be funny and so it is a kind of string of clich s and stereotypes of working and middle class identities hardly tied together By far the people who come off the worst in this are the working class characters Basically, the middle class in the play it was called Australian Realness, by the way are not only drunken and angry, they are also basically seeking to tear down Western civilization The middle class are merely gormless, the working class are too stupid to know the damage they are causing I said before that the Australian word for Chav is Bogan well, the other word to know is CUB a Cashed Up Bogan that is, someone with lots of money, but no taste This was a major theme of the play The nice middle class family had come upon financial hard times, but they still had the cultural capital that told them the right wines to drink and the beers they should avoid But the working class are working as plumbers and so on and have lots of money, but obviously no taste at all What a terrible inversion and how terribly amusing too The notes for the play suggested that the writer wanted it to encourage people to think about the nature of class differences in Australia but really, you can t achieve critical reflections upon the basis of a series of clich s and stereotypes Stereotypes reinforce prejudice and stop people thinking That s literally their point, to allow us to not have to think about or know how to respond to people we press into the stereotype This book holds a mirror up to how differently we treat people in our societies although, obviously, mostly in Britain based on how we understand social class It also shows that you are allowed to say and think things about the working class that would be impossible to think or say about most other social groups At least, in polite company If you are wondering, you should read book It s quick and says pretty much what we, as a society, need to hear right about now


  3. Gary Gary says:

    I agree with the author about Margaret Thatcher and her cruel war on the British poor But the liberal and left elites now in charge have been even worse in oppressing Britain s indigenous working classes and lumpenproletriatIt was indeed Margaret Thatcher who persecuted the working classes of Britain, taking delight in causing British children to starve and live on the streets but now it is the liberal and left elites who have joined the Thatcherites in persecuting and impoverishing the British I agree with the author about Margaret Thatcher and her cruel war on the British poor But the liberal and left elites now in charge have been even worse in oppressing Britain s indigenous working classes and lumpenproletriatIt was indeed Margaret Thatcher who persecuted the working classes of Britain, taking delight in causing British children to starve and live on the streets but now it is the liberal and left elites who have joined the Thatcherites in persecuting and impoverishing the British working classes.The basic problem is that the left and liberal elite are no longer interested in class equity or the basic rights of the British working class but only in non racism which is a farcical label for favoring the third world exotic brown immigrants and persecuting and demonizing the local white working class who they label as chavs not worthy in the eyes of the left liberal toffs of having their suffering, feelings or rights considered The British working class suffered as much in the Industrial Revolution as the Blacks did under slavery but are still suffering with the elite classes using pc propaganda and favouring of the third world exotic browns against them.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. Those who are flabbergasted at discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality of religion unless of course you attack Jews for being Zionists or attack Israelis that is acceptable among the chattering classes think nothing of attacking the British working class and lumpenproletriat as chavs This also translates to a politically correct anti white racism White British young people who suffer as a result of social problems such as juvenile crime, drug addiction , and teenage pregnancy and come from broken homes no longer elicit sympathy from the liberal and left elites who consider the white underclass the lowest of the low, not worth saving or empathizing with, whereas they would have the utmost sympathy and support for Third world immigrant youth under the same circumstances.The liberal and left elites now use the race card against he white under classes and point out since the latter are supposedly racist and bigoted they must be punished for this and are the unworthy poor as compared to the impoverished people of colour who are deemed worthy of empathy and upliftment.This amounts to an inverse racism whereby the classes that have so long suffered since the Industrial Revolution and who came under sustained attack under Thatcher are now being made victims again at the hands of the leftist and liberal elites now in charge of Britain, including the media, local councils and the courts This is not a racist review as leftist correcto fascists and reverse racist may charge but instead aims to speak up for Britain s most voiceless and unprotected


  4. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    And then you go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like criticising Gordon Brown for calling that bigoted woman bigoted And by saying that she made mild remarks about immigration MILD While the book works at telling you the terrifying misdeeds of the conservatives in the UK specially Thatcher and Cameron , it focuses a bit too much in white, British born working class people It s like immigrants or people of colour don t exist to Owen Jones And when he made the bigoted woman lo And then you go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like criticising Gordon Brown for calling that bigoted woman bigoted And by saying that she made mild remarks about immigration MILD While the book works at telling you the terrifying misdeeds of the conservatives in the UK specially Thatcher and Cameron , it focuses a bit too much in white, British born working class people It s like immigrants or people of colour don t exist to Owen Jones And when he made the bigoted woman look like a decent working class heroine while patronising her xenophobic remarks, it lost me completely As a foreign woman of colour with English as a Second Language living in Britain, it was deeply offensive People with bigoted views about us are evil, regardless of their social class Thatcher was, Cameron is, and The Bigoted Woman is as well Her poverty is not going to save her I refuse to pardon her comments like aww poor white English lady, it s because she s broke I m so sorry my existence has hurt her feefees Life ain t easy for me either As soon as I read that paragraph, where Jones says she made mild remarks, I rushed to the library and gave it back right away Disgusting Another thing Jones forgets to mention is that chav was originally intended to describe shallow fashion addicts of any class Katie Price, Queen of Chavs, has actually always been quite wealthy The people we see in TOWIE, Desperate Scousewives, Geordie Shore, or whatever, are quite wealthy as well Working class people don t have enough money to get vajazzles, go on limos, and club every weekend soaked in champagne I ve knownchavs who are middle or lower middle class than working class It was the Daily Mail who decided to impose that word on the working class And it is media in general who sells Jordan TOWIE etc to the masses as what HAS to be achieved to succeed, but when people with lower incomes dare to try it, they consider it tacky and in bad taste It s all a trap Anyway, Owen Jones there s too much milk on your Sociology coffee


  5. Anna Maria Ballester Bohn Anna Maria Ballester Bohn says:

    No doubt informative and well enough written although I have a real problem with the constant throwing around of statistics because anyone, including Jones, can and will manipulate them One in five british politicians went to Eton means A LOT, while only one in five teenage mothers are unemployed means NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK Nevertheless, Jones main proposition that we may have to think about classes again was very interesting, and some of his ideas are really useful For example bei No doubt informative and well enough written although I have a real problem with the constant throwing around of statistics because anyone, including Jones, can and will manipulate them One in five british politicians went to Eton means A LOT, while only one in five teenage mothers are unemployed means NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK Nevertheless, Jones main proposition that we may have to think about classes again was very interesting, and some of his ideas are really useful For example being working class doesn t so much depend on how much money you make as on how much control you have over your work I really 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 bigger role Also, his explanation of the origins of the idea of personal responsibility hit home I m not completely sold, but I understand that we who have had it so much easier tend to forget all the economic and societal circumstances.So, yes, definitely recommended of you are interested in a clearly left wing analysis of not only british society I must say thought, that the final conclusion left me baffled It s us against them Does that mean workers and middle class have to fight against the privileged classes together Or rather that the middle class has too many privileges According to Jones analysis, I am clearly middle class Does that mean I am privileged What of what I have is too much What don t I deserve And who gets to judge that


  6. Daniela Daniela says:

    This is a fairly interesting book although many of its ideas are either simple good sense or the kind of statistic proven facts that get in way of common spread lies about immigration or poverty Perhaps the boldest idea is the attack against the left leaning groups who have stopped caring about the white working class because of identity politics, but by 2018 even that debate has got a bit old In the face of Trump it s obvious that the concerns of the so called working class no matter thei This is a fairly interesting book although many of its ideas are either simple good sense or the kind of statistic proven facts that get in way of common spread lies about immigration or poverty Perhaps the boldest idea is the attack against the left leaning groups who have stopped caring about the white working class because of identity politics, but by 2018 even that debate has got a bit old In the face of Trump it s obvious that the concerns of the so called working class no matter their race or gender have to be properly addressed Jones makes a good point in showing, however, that in Britain the supposedly racist working class is actually muchexposed to diversity and to its realities than the people on the top, and that in comparision they re also muchlikely to marry people from other ethnicities than middle class people The main problem is that this should never have been a book but an essay It could easily be 100 pages shorter Jones repeats himself an awful lot I swear there s a whole passage that s just a copy of a previous paragraph It gets very tiring and preachy Further, 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.All in all, if you re a begginner to British politics this is a good book for you


  7. Christine Christine says:

    When the new Eagles stadium here in Philly was being built, at the expense of taxpayers, a policy was put into place by the team In order for a season ticket holder to still be a season ticket holder in the new stadium, the person would have to pay for the privilege of buying the tickets This was done so that the 900 level fans the rowdy bunch to put it mildly wouldn t be able to get them It was class thing a better class of people would come to the games Meaning those well off from Jerse When the new Eagles stadium here in Philly was being built, at the expense of taxpayers, a policy was put into place by the team In order for a season ticket holder to still be a season ticket holder in the new stadium, the person would have to pay for the privilege of buying the tickets This was done so that the 900 level fans the rowdy bunch to put it mildly wouldn t be able to get them It was class thing a better class of people would come to the games Meaning those well off from Jersey and the suburbs, who didn t pay for the stadium Now tell me, that Chavs isn t relevant to Americans even though it is about British class Jones might be talking about the British view of the working class but we still have that here in the states pick a reality show The only difference is that the middle class is equally willing to be snobbish about rich people and the names of political parties


  8. Steve Steve says:

    Owen Jones far from objective writing should be placed into context Much of his observations are not first hand and viewed through some pretty thick filters and deep blinkers The son of a local authority worker and IT lecturer in the North of England whose parents met at a Militant Tendency rally, he came through sixth form college to read history at Oxford and complete hi MA in US history in 2007 His pre authoring life was spent as a trade union lobbyist There is no proud history of the w Owen Jones far from objective writing should be placed into context Much of his observations are not first hand and viewed through some pretty thick filters and deep blinkers The son of a local authority worker and IT lecturer in the North of England whose parents met at a Militant Tendency rally, he came through sixth form college to read history at Oxford and complete hi MA in US history in 2007 His pre authoring life was spent as a trade union lobbyist There is no proud history of the working class in his short life and he wasn t even alive during the Thatcher era, yet this is a deeply biased and personal viewpoint based on some fairly tenuous connections and some deliberate misreading.We start with a partial lexicological review of the term Chav from the Romany Root , chavi , meaning child But there it ends because I suspect Jones knows no one in the traveller community and so he doesn t understand how the term is applied A chavi is normally a teen who exhibits laddish behaviour and is exclusively male They are brand aware and despite the vox pop have access to significant funds The term percolated into non traveller youth initially in the SOuth East where the traveller community has strong roots and not in the proud North It spread quickly on the back of knock off branded imports and became a uniform amongst those members of society that exhibited chavi behaviour, who were and are not exclusively working class in any sense I observed this happening directly over the last 20 years so I know this to be true I didn t read or imagine it and I m not fitting the experience to my own politics.And this is the problem Jones writes about situations that he doesn t observe directly but gets from the pages of the media, which is why this book is less about the demonisation of the working class andan assault on his peers Oxbridge and Russell Group university educated hacks Jones equates chavs to the working class when there is little evidence this is so, just as he assigns the UK riots to the same working class in some kind ofup rising of the grouping against an unfair government Evidence of prosecutions that resulted showed this not to be the case, as did the volume of listings on ebay that followed the riots as the proud rioters attempted to unload their booty in the non buttock sense of the word.For me this book is fundamentally dishonest Poorly researched and heavily biased, Jones lambasts the middle class of which, economically at least, he is part The rest is indirectly observed and a rantagainst the media than support for some working class idyll of which he has no experience I take this personally 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 It was a very individual opinion I have lived amongst the traveller community and experienced its own influence on my kids and the rise of the chavi culture, rather than chav I wouldn t have written this book as I can t really make any of my experiences so conveniently fit a political agenda None of the the issues that Jones touches so lightly upon are that simple.In the end I think this book is disingenuous JOnes misrepresents himself and events to such an extent that any conclusions he reaches are moot The ranting of a juvenile political activist with poor research There is no insight here


  9. Rachel Louise Atkin Rachel Louise Atkin says:

    Honestly I m so glad I read this book I grew up in an environment where it was cool to hate Chavs Where they were scroungers and idiots and dangers to my community But this study has helped to undo any of the prejudice that was still left from my teenage years Jones explains how the right wing press are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the portrayal of the white working class as complete scumbags It is a classic divide and conquer move by Tories to pit working class communities Honestly I m so glad I read this book I grew up in an environment where it was cool to hate Chavs Where they were scroungers and idiots and dangers to my community But this study has helped to undo any of the prejudice that was still left from my teenage years Jones explains how the right wing press are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the portrayal of the white working class as complete scumbags It is a classic divide and conquer move by Tories to pit working class communities against each other When the real enemy It s the right wing exploiters.I urge you to read this book if you have ever looked at a council estate and thought about how much of a dump it looks, if you have ever laughed at a single mother on Jeremy Kyle, if you ve ever condemned someone for receiving benefits Class politics is embedded so deep into British culture, but reading Jones s book is an immense effort to turn the focus from the victims to the perpetrators


  10. AthenaTheOwl AthenaTheOwl says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In a world where we have recently seen economic collapse and the formation of the Occupy movement, Owen Jones Chavs is at it s most relevant As the rich poor wealth gap grows, there is a global feeling of disfranchisment among the 99%, and with the United Kingdom being one of the most unequal countries in the West, questions are being raised as to why this is happening In the course of addressing the complex issues surrounding the current crisis, Jones places much emphasis on the policie In a world where we have recently seen economic collapse and the formation of the Occupy movement, Owen Jones Chavs is at it s most relevant As the rich poor wealth gap grows, there is a global feeling of disfranchisment among the 99%, and with the United Kingdom being one of the most unequal countries in the West, questions are being raised as to why this is happening In the course of addressing the complex issues surrounding the current crisis, Jones places much emphasis on the policies of the Thatcher government Chavs marks the de industrialization of Britain during the 1980 s as a seminal moment in the dissolution of the traditional working class community, combined Thatchers ideological campaign of eradicating Class and collective struggle in favour of aindividualistic, consumer based population Jones methodical approach to statistics and research makes for compelling evidence for this argument, while demonstrating the effects Thatchers policies on Mining and industrial communities at the time, and how those policies blight them still Whilst there is no doubt this is a book firmly of Left Wing politics, Tony Blair and New Labour come under scrutiny for their continuation of Thatcherite policies, and their transition from party of the Working classes to the guardians of the Middle classes Chavs also charges New labour with establishing the United Kingdom as a Meritocracy , using a form of Social Darwinism to blame the poor and unemployed for their lot in life, as under Tony Blair it was personal inadequacy, rather than social inequality that was to blame Even the stark facts that substandard schooling, housing and healthcare have drastically stacked the dice against the Lower Classes, have been dismissed by Blairs cabinet, and now under the currrent Coalition government Chavs really is a clarion call for action and for change As the facts stand, the Rich cost society farin unpaid taxes than the supposed rampant menace of Benefit fraud The coalition continues to give corporations increasing large tax breaks, while VAT rises and those with the lowest incomes foot the bill for the Bankers greed This picture is being played out again and again throughout the world It highlights the fact that Globalization is only making a select few rich, while the majority gets poorer, and as Jones states, this race to the bottom cannot continue This is not just about the UK, it is a portrait of injustice that has gone unchecked for far too long


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