That is, it opens with a misfired witticism uttered at an elite East London dinner party. Jones sets the scene. The gender split was , and not everyone was straight. All would have placed themselves somewhere left of center politically.
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Jones torches the political class to great effect. Reflecting our high levels of inequality, the stigmatization of the working class is a serious barrier to social justice and progressive change. But then it's a word unlike any other in current usage A new book, Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class , by first-time author Owen Jones … has thrown the word into the spotlight all over again.
Bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain. 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 fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.
When Chavs was first published in it opened up the discussion of class in Britain. This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today. Related blog posts. Verso Books 30 August Verso Books 22 September Reading List. Verso Books 10 May General Election Essential Reading. Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton. Futures of Black Radicalism. If They Come in the Morning …. Edited by Angela Y.
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This is the first book in a long time where I have been equally enthralled and engaged, The quality of Jones's research and exploratory nature of his prose is of the highest standard. The book serves well to Altough this book was written in , it is even more relevant today! This is a timely defence of working class people who only seem to exist for the media as stereotypes - lazy, drunken, foul-mouthed, badly dressed benefit scroungers. As the author makes clear that is far from the Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.
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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. Owen Jones. Verso Books. July Few first time authors have been able to spark as much debate about a subject as Owen Jones has with his new book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. Not only has he managed to grab the attention of the mainstream press and blogosphere, but he has done it in a broadly supportive way. But whether his bold conclusions will gain any traction with politicians and policymakers is another matter entirely.
O wen Jones's indignant, well-argued debut begins with a joke: "It's sad that Woolworth's is closing. Where will all the chavs buy their Christmas presents? Jones, who is in his late 20s and has worked both as a trade-union lobbyist and as a parliamentary researcher for a Labour MP, doesn't say how he reacted to this mindless put-down at the time. Did he refuse to eat the blackcurrant cheesecake that was being "carefully sliced" as his host sought to fill an awkward silence?