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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In this groundbreaking investigation In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient figleaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems, and to justify widening inequality.
Based on a wealth of original research, and wide-ranging interviews with media figures, demonistion opinion-formers and workers, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of demonistaion and class hatred in modern Britain.
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Is there any right-wing alternative to this book? I am close to finishing it and I’m wondering if there is any explanation from the right for their portrait of the working-class people and if there is any true grounds to support meritocracy as the basis for success in neo-liberalism.
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See 1 question about Chavs…. Lists with This Book. Jan 21, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: I grew up on a council estate and I remember the people who live on them with great fondness. Those days and those feelings are gone and they are not gone because the people on estates have suddenly changed. What has changed is the representation of a whole class, a majority indeed of people across the entire medium of communication. There has been a concerted effort on the part of politicians and media institutions to label the entire working class as cheaters, swindlers, oafs, alcoholic, racist, violent thugs who are a burden on our economy and our public services.
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.
In coal mining towns, all there was, was the coal mine. 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. That is just one way the Tories, and Labour after them ruined the lives of countless ordinary people.
Ever since the poor acquired the vote the ruling class has been terrified of the power of democracy, so what do they do? Instead of governing in the interests of the majority they take away their options.
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones – review | Books | The Guardian
Is it any wonder that the bottom clss of the population have the fewest people who go and vote? 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. The media, also highly public school oriented, is equally culpable. When was the last time you saw a working class person on TV, a real one?
That means not some sick Little Demonisatipn 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. When the BBC had its white-working-class season they had programmes made by and for the chattering classes as though working men and women were there to be poked with sticks and observed like some new species discovered in the jungles of Borneo.
We have an elite media, reporting on an elite governing class who in turn carry out policies for elite corporate employers which are reported back to the general population by those same elite media operatives, where do working people get a look in? Owen Jones book gets to the very heart of this subject with his passionate prose and elucidates the argument much better than I can.
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. He calls for a new politics of understanding and fairness, a change to the rigidity of society that only occasionally lets a poor person in to it to spice up demonisatin gene pool.
Benefit fraud comes to virtually nothing when compared demonisatioj tax evasion and avoidance by the rich, 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? In the working wogking they found their perfect scapegoat to keep their sordid little racket going, and everyone fell for it. View all 10 comments. Jul 05, Gary rated it it was amazing.
I agree with the author about Margaret Thatcher and her cruel war on the British poor. But the liberal and left elites now in charge have been even worse in oppressing Britain’s indigenous working classes and lumpenproletriat It was indeed Margaret Thatcher who persecuted the working classes of Britain, taking delight in causing British children to starve and live on the streets but now it is the liberal and left elites who have joined the Thatcherites in persecuting and impoverishing the British I agree with the author about Margaret Thatcher and her cruel war on the British poor.
But the liberal and left elites now in charge have been even worse in oppressing Britain’s indigenous working classes and lumpenproletriat It was indeed Margaret Thatcher who persecuted the working classes of Britain, taking delight in causing British children to starve and live on the streets but now it is the liberal and left elites who have joined the Thatcherites in persecuting and impoverishing the British working classes.
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
The British working class suffered as much in the Industrial Revolution as the Blacks did under slavery but are still suffering with the elite classes using pc propaganda and favouring of the third world exotic browns against them. Britain’s indigenous working classes are put last in line for employment, council housing, health care, education and bank loans in favour of the exotic Third world immigrants especially Muslims favoured by the pc left elites.
Those who are flabbergasted at discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality of religion unless of course you attack Jews for being ‘Zionists’ or attack Israelis-that is acceptable among the chattering classes think nothing of attacking the British working class and lumpenproletriat as chavs. This also translates to a politically correct anti-white racism. White British young people who suffer as a result of social problems such as juvenile crime, drug addictionand teenage pregnancy and come from broken homes no longer elicit sympathy from the liberal and left elites who consider the white underclass the lowest of the low, not worth saving or empathizing with, whereas they would have the utmost sympathy and support for Third world immigrant youth under the same circumstances.
The liberal and left elites now use the race card against he white under classes and point out since the latter are supposedly ‘racist’ and ‘bigoted’ they must be punished for this and are the unworthy poor as compared to the impoverished people of colour who are deemed worthy of empathy and upliftment.
This amounts to an inverse racism whereby the classes that have so long suffered since the Industrial Revolution and who dfmonisation under sustained attack under Thatcher are now being made victims again at the hands of the leftist and liberal elites now in charge of Britain, including the media, local councils and the courts.
This is not a racist review as leftist correcto-fascists and reverse racist may charge but instead aims to speak up for Britain’s most voiceless and unprotected. Apr 07, Cynthia rated it it was ok Shelves: And then you go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like demonosation Gordon Brown for calling that bigoted woman ‘bigoted’.
Worrking by saying that she made ‘mild’ remarks about immigration. While the book works at telling you the terrifying misdeeds of the conservatives in the UK specially Thatcher and Cameronit focuses a bit too much in white, British-born working class people.
It’s like immigrants or people of colour don’t exist to Owen Jones. And when he made the bigoted woman lo And then you go and spoil cemonisation all by doing something stupid like criticising Gordon Brown for calling that bigoted woman ‘bigoted’.
And when he made the bigoted woman look like a decent working class heroine while patronising her xenophobic remarks, it lost me completely. As a foreign woman of colour with English as a Second Language living in Britain, it was deeply offensive.
People with bigoted views about us are evil, regardless workihg their social class. Thatcher was, Cameron is, and The Bigoted Woman is as well. Her poverty is not going to save her. I refuse to pardon chavw comments like ‘aww poor white English lady, it’s because she’s broke. I’m so sorry my existence has hurt her feefees’. Life ain’t easy for me either!
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
As od as I read that paragraph, where Jones says she made ‘mild’ remarks, I rushed to the library and gave it back right away. Another thing Jones forgets to mention is that ‘chav’ was originally intended to describe shallow fashion addicts of any class. Katie Price, Queen of Chavs, has actually workung been quite wealthy. Working class people don’t have enough money to get vajazzles, go on limos, and club every weekend soaked in champagne. I’ve known more chavs who are middle or lower-middle class than working class.
It was the Daily Mail who decided to impose that word on the working class. It’s all a trap. View all 12 comments. May 06, Anna Maria Ballester Bohn rated it liked it. No doubt informative and well enough written – although I have a real problem with the constant throwing around of statistics because anyone, including Jones, can and will manipulate them. Nevertheless, Jones’ main proposition that we may have to think about classes again was very interesting, and some of his ideas are really useful.
I really 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. Also, his explanation of the origins of the idea of “personal responsibility” hit home. I’m not completely sold, but I understand that we who have had it so much easier tend to forget all the economic and societal circumstances.
So, yes, definitely recommended of you are interested in a clearly left-wing analysis of not only british society. I must say thought, that the final conclusion left me baffled: Or rather that the middle class has too many privileges? According to Jones’ analysis, I am clearly middle class. Does that mean I am privileged? What of what I have is “too much”? What don’t I deserve? And who gets to judge that?
When the new Eagles demoonisation here in Philly was being built, at the expense of taxpayers, a policy was put into place by the team. In order for a season ticket holder to still be a season ticket holder in the class stadium, the person would have to pay for the thr of buying the tickets. It was class thing; a better class of people would come to the games. Meaning those well off from Jerse When the new Eagles stadium here in Philly was being built, at the expense of taxpayers, a policy was put into place by demonisatoin team.
Jones might be talking about the British view of the working class but we still have that here in the states — pick a reality show.
The only difference is that the middle class is equally willing to be snobbish about rich people and the names of political parties.