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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Want to Read saving…. Maybe it’s just a question of geography. Books by Owen Jones. It is that simple. Instead of demonising this group of people, maybe we should understand why they exist. Despite this fault, Chavs makes an important contribution to a revivified debate about class. Review originally posted on Amazons uk site where the other reviews referred to can be seen. 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.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Much of his ‘observations’ are not first hand and viewed through some pretty thick filters and deep blinkers. Also, his explanation of the origins of the idea of “personal responsibility” hit home.

Over the last thirty years, the power of working-class people has been driven out of the workplace, the media, the political establishment, and from society as a whole. It was a very individual opinion. 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.

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.

He is not saying that this type does not exist, or that every working class person is a Chav.


The Tories protested, saying that the poor wouldn’t bother to use them, they want to stink, they’d just keep coal in them, and so on. Jones makes a good point in showing, however, that in Britain the supposedly racist working class hte actually much more exposed to diversity and to its realities than the people on the top, and that in comparision they’re also much more likely to marry people from other ethnicities than middle class people.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

A new book, Demonisstion Jones claims that “hundreds of thousands of working-class people” were “driven into the waiting arms of the BNP” before the party’s electoral collapse inbut he fails properly to establish the link between being working class and holding far-right views.

Ruling elites once quaked at the threat of working-class boots stomping towards Downing Street, of a resolute mass brandishing red flags and dog-eared copies of The Communist Manifesto.

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. But then it’s a word unlike any other in current usage By virtue of my educational opportunities, and having entered the workforce just before the recession, I have demonlsation to move from working class to worling, taking the route that Thatcher and New Labour urged people towards.

What don’t I deserve? Anyway, that’s enough of reviewing the reviews, onto the actual book itself. I’m from a predominantly white-working class town in chavd North East of England, where ‘chavs’ are called ‘charvers’.

However, I managed to get to reading Jones’ book last month. Yes, Jones makes it quite clear that he’s not a Tory nor am I, by the waybut party doesn’t matter to him when misrepresentation occurs, as well it shouldn’t. Her poverty is not going to save her. Jones doesn’t acknowledge this, preferring to treat “the working class” as a single political bloc. Today, large swathes of communities are haunted by despair, frustration and boredom. 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 support them while they go off and do unpaid work experience to pad out their CV.


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 So then, the glory years. A regrettably necessary book, Chavs examines the contemporary plight of Britain’s formerly self-sufficient working class.

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. The focus is continually on paying lip-service to the business and commerce sector and ignoring, or shaming, the service and labour sectors.

Our college put on a Chavs-and-Rahs themed bop. It was class thing; a better class of people would come to the games. The media, also highly public school oriented, is equally culpable.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This was a 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.

When Chavs was first published in it opened up the discussion of class in Britain. Order by newest oldest recommendations. This demonisaiton the main cause of the ‘charver’ lifestyle I saw growing up in one of these towns that used to have a pit as the main employer. To which the student replies: But I think that would be another book really George Bernard Shaw became part of a debate in the early s proposing that no more London homes should be built without baths in them.

In his zeal to combat these positions, the author sometimes overcompensates. Lists with This Book.