By Owen Jones
Bestselling research into the parable and truth of working-class lifestyles in modern Britain.
In smooth Britain, the operating category has turn into an item of worry and mock. From Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike brush off as feckless, criminalized and ignorant an unlimited, underprivileged swathe of society whose contributors became stereotyped by way of one, hate-filled note: chavs.
In this acclaimed research, Owen Jones explores how the operating category has long past from “salt of the earth” to “scum of the earth.” Exposing the lack of know-how and prejudice on the center of the chav sketch, he portrays a much more complicated fact. The chav stereotype, he argues, is utilized by governments as a handy figleaf to prevent real engagement with social and fiscal difficulties and to justify widening inequality.
Based on a wealth of unique study, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political institution and an illuminating, anxious portrait of inequality and sophistication hatred in sleek Britain. This up to date version contains a new bankruptcy exploring the explanations and results of the united kingdom riots in the summertime of 2011.
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"This ebook is additionally a place to begin for a debate. that discuss is ready what kind of political agency operating humans want. Do they wish a Labour occasion that asks them to vote as soon as each few years, or do they wish events that attempt to boost resistance, to unite assorted struggles, to push for improved motion to win the adjustments which are needed?"
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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones