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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The main problem is that this should never have been a book but an essay. It makes me want to hold this book up and say “Yes This is what is happening all around us, to us! There is lots of drug taking and a higher level of crime at least perceived by me than in other sub sections of the deomnisation community. 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.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

I chasv 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. And who gets to judge that? Apr 09, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: The mirage this attempts to create is one of a “nation of shopkeepers”, to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase.

Benefit fraud comes to virtually nothing when compared with tax evasion and avoidance by the wirking, 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? It is a classic divide-and-conquer move by Tories to pit working class communities Honestly?


Jones subtitles his book ‘the demonization of the working class’ — but that isn’t far removed from criminalising them. When the real enemy? They wear the same sort of clothes to one another. At the same time benefits chxvs those unfortunate to be unemployed or ill have declined in value, decent job opportunities are available to fewer than ever, wages have failed to keep up with productivity, housing has become chabs problematic: 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.

But compare this with his assessment near the end of the chapter: He adds fuel to the fire by adding: What has changed is the representation of a whole class, a majority indeed of people across the entire medium of communication. Sep 14, pattrice added it. 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. I observed this happening directly over the last 20 years so I know this to be true – I rhe read or imagine it and I’m not fitting the experience to my own politics.

As in any book on neoliberalism the Chilean example appears and it is no exaggeration to see clearly how the alarms on levity, snobbery, shameless consumerism, bourgeois appropriation of popular traditions, labor exploitation, segregation and no class consciousness in Chile are reality.

Indeed, I used examples from this book in a lesson on stereotyping the very night that I finished this book, and–after they got over being shocked that “white” people are stereotyped in these ways–students were then better able to see the function of such stereotypes in covering up and justifying economic inequalities.


Is there any right-wing alternative to this book? 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. Jones certainly blames with plenty of evidence Thatcher’s government, but he’s happy to single out issues with Labour, especially New Labour. Want to Read saving….

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

When Chavs was first published in it opened up the discussion of class in Britain. This is not just about the UK, it is a portrait of injustice that has gone unchecked for far too long.

If you are a bright child born into a working-class family, you do not have any of these things. Even the Conservative-led coalition that took power after the general election accepted a link between crime and underlying economic factors.

In the course of addressing the complex issues surrounding the current crisis, Jones places much emphasis on the policies of the Thatcher government. None of the the issues that Jones touches so lightly upon are that simple. Owen Jones far from objective writing should be placed into context. Verso Books 22 September And I felt supremely silly, because whilst they were trying ‘chav’ on for fun, I was trying to escape it in real life.

In Praise of Disobedience.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Poorly researched and heavily biased, Jones lambasts the middle class of which, economically at least, he is part. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jan 10, Diana Damas rated it it was amazing.