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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JOnes misrepresents himself and events to such an extent that any conclusions he reaches are moot. Divide-and-rule political gambits don’t work unless there are enough people who don’t already tend, in some way, to one side or the other: Also, his explanation of the origins of the idea of “personal responsibility” hit home.

Where will all the chavs buy their Christmas presents? Much of his ‘observations’ are not first hand and viewed through some pretty thick filters and deep blinkers. Should be compulsory reading for left wing politicians, all journalists and everyone who cares.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones – review

Workiny word’s etymology is contested: Did he refuse to eat the blackcurrant cheesecake that was being “carefully sliced” as his host sought to fill an awkward silence? As such, this book—whether one agrees or disagrees with the author’s contentions—is an essential read that provides context to our most challenging times. It’s also interesting to look back on some of these cultural moments, like Shannon Matthews vs the McCanns, Jade Goody, to see where the workinv began to crystallise in a particular direction.

Lord of the Flies-style, throwing off the shackles of their civilised natures to swig cheap beer and double-vodka cokes, throwing Ali-G hand signs and asking each other if they were ‘bovvered? Jones torches the political cchavs to great effect.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Em Cytrynbaum 27 January 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 even that debate has got a bit old. Sep 14, pattrice added it. But the case for indicting New Labour on this point seems sealed shut by Jones’s demonisatipn fingers, having told us up-front not only that the Blair and Brown years were the years crime fell, but also that we can put this down to economic achievements even their bitterest rivals were forced to concede to them.


But compare this with his th near the end of the chapter: Over the last thirty years, the power of working-class people has been driven chavw of the workplace, the media, the political establishment, and from society as a whole. Where they were scroungers and idiots and dangers to my community. Jul 20, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing.

There are two elements of the book I think work particularly well.

This was workking three and half rounded up, an entertaining, clever, and passionate book about something that the ‘left’ should already know but due to middle class bias seems to forget over and over again.

In the end I think this book is disingenuous. 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. 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.

See 1 question about Chavs…. I’m from a predominantly white-working class town in the North East of England, where ‘chavs’ are called ‘charvers’. Personally, I’m pleased that someone like Jones is airing these views in public.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

Their decisions were partly a reflection of the circumstances they were in, and partly a reflection of their broader outlook as individuals. Jones digs beneath this foul new orthodoxy to reiterate the facts of increasing inequality, which has led British society to become ever more segregated by class, income and neighbourhood. However, I managed to get to reading Jones’ book last month. It is a fine entry level text for the general reader interested in the representations and realities of working class folks in these last thirty odd years, so forget the mindlessly negative reviews and C.

None of the the issues that Jones touches so lightly upon are that simple. So the meritocracy myth – which Owen Jones, with hard facts, does a good job of dispelling – is used to blame the poor for their own poverty.


Jones makes a good point in showing, however, that in Britain the supposedly racist working class is actually much more exposed to diversity and to its realities than the people on the top, and that in comparision they’re lf much more likely to marry people from other ethnicities than middle class people. Our college put on a Chavs-and-Rahs themed bop. Ever since the poor acquired the vote the ruling class has been terrified of the power of democracy, so what claass they do?

It gets very tiring and preachy. I get a sick pleasure from it. 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. The Demonization of the Working Class” is one of the worst reviewed books on Amazon. Even if you do well in school and manage to go to university, you’re still at a disadvantage from the middle or upper classes whose parents have ‘contacts’ and enough money to tne them while they go off and do unpaid work experience to pad out their CV.

Demonnisation comments… Trouble loading? For as long as I can remember, debate has raged over welfare reform and ‘scroungers’ milking the system, of the need to create real jobs that allow people to leave benefits, of so-called benefit dependency.

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I even like it. The only difference is that the middle class is equally willing to be snobbish about rich people and the names of political parties.

However, it’s not about ‘chavs’ per se or chav culture; it’s more about the representation of working class clqss as ‘chavs’, particularly as they’re often misrepresented in the media and by politicians.