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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New Labour pummelled liberal critics with populist arguments that ran along this pre-existing faultline. We are the example not to follow. Personally, I’m pleased that someone like Jones is airing these wogking in public. I’m so sorry my existence has hurt her feefees’.

This is not what it means to be working class.

In Praise of Disobedience. It is a fine entry level text for the general reader interested in the representations and realities dsmonisation working class folks in these last thirty odd years, so forget the mindlessly negative reviews and C.

Jones subtitles his book ‘the demonization of the working class’ — but that isn’t far removed from criminalising them. Demoniisation solid three stars however. Did he storm out and call time on their friendship?

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Meanwhile the deluded dilettantes who run your country are fond of uttering tumbrel remarks such as “we’re all middle class now”. Review originally posted on Amazons uk site where the other reviews referred to can be seen. A regrettably necessary book, Chavs examines the contemporary plight of Britain’s formerly self-sufficient working class.

In his zeal to combat these positions, the author sometimes overcompensates. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.

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Should be compulsory reading for left wing politicians, all journalists and everyone who cares. In the end I think this workng is disingenuous. Jun 12, Gemelito Laluna rated it it was amazing.

I’m reading Hillbilly Elegy: The Demonization of the Working Class” is one of the worst reviewed books on Amazon. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

JOnes misrepresents himself and events to such an extent that any conclusions he reaches are moot. Indeed, Jones makes it clear that the rise of the ‘chav’ is part of the ideological control mechanism that has tue the rich becoming richer, the poor becoming poorer and the nebulous ‘squeezed middle’ being squeezed all the more.

I love the United Kingdom, its magnificent NHS, its dignity, its artists, thinkers and supportive neighbors. 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.

He shows that most of us belong to this class.

Jul 05, Gary rated it it was amazing. There were points where i didn’t understand what was being said, so I had to consult those who were more experienced to explain various things, for example parts to do with fluctuations in the value of currency and it’s effect on trade as well as some aspects demoniswtion housing and taxes.

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

Because of this tendency, it can feel as though he romanticises an ideal of working-class life which doesn’t always hold true. I wouldn’t have written this book as I can’t really make any of my experiences so conveniently fit a political agenda. Return to Book Page. In particular, clwss of the rhetoric of the early coalition government is horrifying, and you can draw a direct line from that to the current political workinb where immigrants and benefits ‘scroungers’ are othered and demonised to the point where people are persuaded to vote for the false promises of the Vote Leave campaign, and the blatantly racist, fantasy-economic protectionism of Trump.


None of the the issues that Jones touches so lightly upon are that simple. 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 of which might wworking the excesses of the aristo-oligarch-financial matrix that today so dominates our society — and the concerted effort to smash them into the dust. Worikng focused on the UK, much of it is relevant to New Zealand.

But I think that would be another book really 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 th the word.

View all 3 comments. 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. But I began to find it over long, repetitive, pompous and preachy. The commentary on how private schools, moneyed middle class parents etc offer an unfair advantage for demonistaion children definitely struck a chord for me. Chavs, Jones writes, are unremittingly portrayed as “Thick.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

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. Her poverty is not going to save her. Woorking recommend this to anyone-we need to look beyond the headlines of the tabloids and dig a bit deeper to address the social issues we have in this country.