Chavs : the demonization of the working class

by Jones, Owen 1984-

Format: Print Book 2011.
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HD8391.J67 2011x
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Compelling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain.Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A thought-provoking examination of a relatively new yet widespread derogatory characterization of the working class in Britain as a highly distinct social group of feckless, violence-prone bigots, called Chavs. Jones, a former trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher, traces the rise of this terminology through negative media representations of working-class people that is frequently elitist, hysterical, and disingenuous. He sees the source of this contempt in the decline of industry and manufacturing that accompanied the ongoing assault on trade unionism and the working classes from Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s through Tony Blair's New Labour and up to the present Conservative government. Out of this process, the author argues, the working-class's loss of voice and lack of representation of its views has become the face of Britain's decline. Jones does a fine job of revealing the snobbery and old-fashioned classism behind such intolerance and how the ever-widening gap between Britain's most privileged citizens and its most needful has exposed Tony Blair's claim about a new classless society as a myth. The author arguably perpetrates some myths of his own by his romanticizing of an idyllic working-class community forged through manual work and trade unionism. Nonetheless, as an indictment of the ideological destruction of the welfare stare it is edifying and disquieting in equal measure. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Working class -- Great Britain.
Working class -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Working class -- Press coverage -- Great Britain.
Working class -- Great Britain -- Public opinion.
Great Britain -- Economic conditions.
Publisher London ; New York :Verso,2011.
Language English
Description 298 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-282) and index.
ISBN 9781844676965 (pbk.)
184467696X (pbk.)
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