Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 5.56

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class [Paperback]

Owen Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
RRP: 14.99
Price: 10.49 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 4.50 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 4 Sept.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 5.31  
Paperback 5.59  
Paperback, 6 Jun 2011 10.49  
Unknown Binding --  
There is a newer edition of this item:
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class 4.0 out of 5 stars (250)
5.59
Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 weeks

Book Description

6 Jun 2011
In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britains Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike dismiss as feckless, criminalized and ignorant a vast, underprivileged swathe of society whose members have become stereotyped by one, hate-filled word: chavs. In this groundbreaking investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from salt of the earth to scum of the earth. Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, one based on the medias inexhaustible obsession with an indigent white underclass, he portrays a far more complex reality. Moving through Westminsters lobbies and working-class communities from Dagenham to Dewsbury Moor, Jones reveals the increasing poverty and desperation of communities made precarious by wrenching social and industrial change, and all but abandoned by the aspirational, society-fragmenting policies of Thatcherism and New Labour. 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, political opinion-formers and workers, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain.

Frequently Bought Together

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class + The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It
Price For Both: 22.38

One of these items is dispatched sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (6 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184467696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676965
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

The stereotyping and hatred of the working class in Britain, documented so clearly by Owen Jones in this important book, should cause all to flinch. Reflecting our high levels of inequality, the stigmatization of the working class is a serious barrier to social justice and progressive change. --Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, authors of The Spirit Level

It is a timely book. The white working class seems to be the one group in society that it is still acceptable to sneer at, ridicule, even incite hatred against. ... Forensically, over 304 pages, Jones seeks to explain how, thanks to politics, the working class has shifted from being regarded as 'the salt of the earth to the scum of the earth'. --Carol Midgley, Times

Superb and angry. --Polly Toynbee - Guardian

About the Author

OWEN JONES has worked in the British Parliament as a trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher. He is currently writing a PhD on the history of blue-collar America and the rise of the New Right. He lives in London.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
638 of 714 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 8 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I've read some remarkable reviews of this book in the press, most of which comment on how acutely it makes its argument, the forensic detail with which Jones writes, and the wonderful style he employs. Unfortunately, I didn't see much of any of these, and ultimately found this book frustrating. Not because I disagreed with the overall argument - far from it - but rather because at times it's a blunt analysis framed bluntly. It left me feeling that we on the left really need a much better voice than this.

First, the good points, of which there are some. Jones starts promisingly with some astute points about Dewsbury and how it differs from the media representation during the Shannon Matthews case. An early chapter on 1980s contexts for modern class politics is passionate and useful, if something of a primer for those who have never heard of the miners' strike. The real value of the book lies in its critique of the concept of meritocracy, in a passage that will challenge the thinking of many. Jones also effectively deploys some useful statistics and makes some valuable observations about the effects of the misperception of the median salary (21,000, since you ask, although a better editor would have meant that we didn't have to be told this at least four times).

These points aside, however, the rest of the book is seriously undermined by three major problems:

Firstly, there's the way in which the book presents the working class themselves. Jones is right to challenge the conservative assumption that the working class remain so through choice, a lack of ambition, aptitude, and so on. The problem, however, is that Jones goes too far in the other direction, to the extent that the working class seem to be little more than passive economic victims.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for the exploited to rise up. 31 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I've been wanting to read this for a while, and have finally got round to it. It's an interesting book and very timely in the effort that Jones is making to rescue the depiction of the poor from the clutches of the right wing. Having read this back to back with The Shock Doctrine (a far more disturbing and wide-ranging book) I feel suitably angry and want to do something about it, but frustrated at the lack of a viable strategy for tackling those heartless bastards who run the world.

The author is an angry young man, and that means that the book frequently has a strident edge and is inclined to bang home the same statistics and arguments again and again. His target audience is quite clearly the lay socialist and he lets us have it with both barrels. That's no bad thing, but it tends to position his argument in the same tradition of easy claims and blinkered ideology that he so frequently criticises on the other side. No sensible reader would disagree that the mass media and their political lickspittle always argue from the specific to the general in their attacks on the working class. The likes of Shannon Matthews, as Jones points out very effectively, are always presented as typical of a wider demographic. Yet Jones plays the same game when he talks of the rich and powerful, and even the 'middle class', as if they were homogenous. It's a self-defeating rhetorical strategy and disappointingly obvious.

Part of the problem of the book is that Jones buys into the class labels he writes about too easily. Even in the preface he provides two opinion polls one of which gives a result of over half the population self-classifying as working class, while the second poll has 71 percent identifying themselves as middle class.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
310 of 377 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class War 6 Jun 2011
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hesitated to title this review 'Class War' - it seems so out-of-date, so 'old Labour'. But that is what this book is about. It is about the sustained economic, social and ideological attack on the majority of the population of this country.

The idea of 'chavs' is, these days, so pervasive that as I read the first few chapters, I had my doubts. The book seemed merely an apologia for a post-industrial lumpenproletariat, a group of alienated misfits beyond the reach of the rest of society. But Jones' analysis is far wider, deeper and more powerful than that and deserves as wide an audience as possible.

The book starts with a shocking comparison between the media coverage of Shannon Matthews and Madeleine McCann. The point is forcefully made that the coverage clearly showed a deep-rooted class prejudice - and ignorance. The McCann's come from the same class as the majority of journalists, leader writers and 'opinion formers'. The same journalists have virtually no experience of the world of Shannon Matthews. Jones makes the point in a quote from Kevin Maguire of the Mirror:

'Increasingly, the lives of journalists have become divorced from those of the rest of us. 'I can't think of a national newspaper editor with school-age kids who has them in a state school,' [Maguire] reflects. 'On top of that, most journalists at those levels are given private medical insurance. So you're kind of taken out of everyday life.' (P27)

Jones continues:

'More than anything, it is this ignorance of working-class life that explains how Karen Matthews became a template for people living in working-class communities.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I fine book
I fine book
Published 3 days ago by T McEvoy
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and furious book
A wonderful and furious book. Ok political conclusions a bit simplistic, but Owen Jones has done a great service, highlighting the elitism and arrogance of much that passes for... Read more
Published 4 days ago by James Wickham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting
Published 10 days ago by Neil Bagshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing product, very happy with the service.
Published 11 days ago by samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars superb insight to class politics
Great book. Very well written and opened my eyes up to the way everything operates and how working class are demonised as chavs. a****
Published 11 days ago by Jacob Luke 121
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's choice to helpwith her dissertation, she says ...
My daughter's choice to helpwith her dissertation, she says I should read this one !
Published 15 days ago by 60's chick
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking yet perplexing
A thought provoking book which clearly is written with a lot of passion and delves into the authors views and perceptions of how the working class has eroded over the last few... Read more
Published 17 days ago by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for those interested in Class Politics
This was a fantastic read and put present day class society into perspective.
Published 18 days ago by Denise Allman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great and Honest look at Class in today's UK
A really thought provoking read,really shows were our society is going.
Stand together ! Make your mark! A must read!
Published 23 days ago by Mr. Sm Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars So well researched and very succinct.. This books ...
So well researched and very succinct..This books opens ones eyes to the manipulation of our population for purely political gain rather than looking after the interests of all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by michael barker
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
Books Voucher Coupon Code for UK Amazon, at website:www.mamazon.tk 0 23 Aug 2011
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback