Jan 10, Diana Damas rated it it was amazing. 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. 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. A chavi is normally a teen who exhibits ‘laddish’ behaviour and is exclusively male. I remember in my first year at Oxford having an analagous experience to the one described by Jones at the start of his book. Ever since the poor acquired the vote the ruling class has been terrified of the power of democracy, so what do they do?

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But while it’s always right to argue, and to keep arguing, that the balance of power in our social and economic structure is hopelessly, immorally off-whack, there is a cost to denying the personal volition of working-class individuals.

Charvers seemed to have no ambition in life but to get the latest in tacky Burberry and annoy people by loitering around the local shopping thd, but the working class families I grew up with were completely different. 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.

But compare this with his assessment near the end of the chapter: He adds fuel to the fire by adding: Jul 27, Ellen rated it really liked it. Ever since the poor acquired the vote the ruling class has deemonization terrified of the power of democracy, so what do they do? But I still gave it 3.


They mock and smear and ridicule and fear the “chav”. 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.

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

This amounts to an inverse racism whereby the classes that have so long suffered since the Tye Revolution and who came under sustained attack under Thatcher are now being made victims again at the chavs the demonization of the working class of the leftist and liberal elites now in charge of Britain, including the media, local councils and the courts. His balanced, consistent and thorough use of statistics as well as expanding ideologies and digging into them, unearthing the roots provides brilliant reading as well as inciting attitude change, you’ll find it challenging to argue with his structure and logic.

But the case for indicting New Labour demonizattion this point seems sealed shut by Jones’s own 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.

Reading this book, which I would highly reccommend, is sort of like watching the early episodes of a show you know ends with all the characters dying – it enlightens you about the process, but you can’t really enjoy it because you know where we end up.

Because of this tendency, it can feel as though he romanticises an ideal of working-class life which doesn’t always hold true. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

Under this current coalition Government, it has reached a terrifying peak. Roel Peters Life at the bottom by Theodore Dalrymple.

This review has been hidden because workong contains spoilers. Review originally posted on Amazons uk site where the other reviews referred to can be claws.


Unlike the sluts and vicars party later that year much more evenly distributedthere was only wirking ‘costume’ being donned that night. Far from being classless, British society is defined by an effort to undermine and demonize the underprivileged. There is no chavs the demonization of the working class here. 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.

Chavs tiene dos problemas: 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 clss 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.

Charvers seem to be a different breed to anything represented in this book. Seeing how these particular stereotypes are deployed in the U. Where they were scroungers and idiots and dangers to my community. 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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Not only does Owen Jones write eloquently and fluently, he links oof perfectly in a way almost anyone can understand. The class struggle is won by the rich when we do not want to tag ourselves as working class. Life ain’t easy for me either! Jan 10, Diana Damas rated it it was amazing.

Nov 17, Jen rated it really liked it.

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