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Chav! A User's Guide To Britain's New Ruling Class Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817133
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Brilliant! A lighthearted yet insightful look into the world of the gangs of spotty youths that intimidate you on the streets of new millennium Britain. The authors are truly in touch with what is wrong with the nation, exposing the street culture of ignorance that is eating at the fabric of our society. An ideal Xmas present for the youngsters in the family for sure!!!' (Johann Hari)

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A user's guide to Britain's new ruling class.

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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 29 Dec 2004
Format: Hardcover
You can look at this book two ways. Firstly you can look at it lightheartedly or as some people seem to, look at it as a serious social insight. Now personally if we're going to be serious i'm quite scared because i'm not a scal (scouse equivalent of a chav) yet this book seems to deem me, my family and most people I know as one and despite my appearance, etc I'm not a scal. That is why you can't take it seriously, it's over the top for a reason people! It's funny! Yes the book over generalises and stereotypes but another way it charms you is by being so ridiculous that it can be almost anti-anti scal in a way. What interests me however is how this book has been described as racist and to that I have two comments:
1. In modern Britain, can't any form of negative comment towards an individual or group be percieved as racist? And this is coming from someone who has suffered genuine racial abuse, yet anything can be described as racist today; political correctness gone mad!
2. What exactly is "black culture"? I mean isn't that stereotyping people of a skin colour to all be the same race of people? And how does mentioning the chav love of rap music an the such make this book racist against black people?
Finally growing up in Liverpool I would consider myself to be quite liberal and alot of my mates are scals but I'd reccomend this book to them. This is an essential read to all people from all backgrounds. You'll know at least one person who is perfectly described by the book which tends to make it all the funnier. It trueley is a great insight into modern culture. Just remember however that it IS NOT TO BE TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY!!!
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By Jojo on 4 Nov 2014
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Bought as a gift for a teacher-friend who works in a very Chavy school. Should be a laugh!
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34 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Johann Hari on 9 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant!
A lighthearted yet insightful look into the world of the gangs of spooty youths that intimidate you on the streets of new millenium Britian.
The authors are truly in touch with what is wrong with the nation, exposing the street culture of ignorance that is eating at the fabric of our society.
An ideal Xmas present for the youngsters in the family for sure!!!
10/10
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41 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Usrhlp on 27 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
The topic of this book is something I have been talking about for the past 10 years, I saw it coming but no one believed me, how wrong they were. It is now great to see this book and the website associated with it.
They don't truly have the term "chav" nailed down as they include people and settings that are not chav related or solely dedicated to the chav culture. For example the book says that drum and bass is the same as jungle, that is similar to saying Windows NT is the same as Windows 9X or Beta Max is the same as VHS. They may be based on similar things but they are different and are thusly two separate things.
The book also ridicules the Chav inability to spell or perfect English grammar and then proceeds to start sentences with BUT and AND, not something you do if you consider yourself to be in a position to ridicule someone for their bad Grammar, there is also one instance of IT'S being used instead of ITS.
Aside from those small proof reading oversights the book itself is a very pleasurable and an interesting read, especially if you spend most of your life around Oldham, Wakefield and Manchester town centres.....or CHAV LAND SUPREME as they are AKA (I am sure there are more town centres that are infested with drop outs too).
I would say buy this book if you are of the more intelligent ilk (I was served by a chav when I bought this) and see what an embarrassment they really are and if you are a chav (how did you get to this website, computers are for geeks and nerds) then buy the book and see how embarrassing you are to yourselves and everyone who knows you.
The book itself also looks bigger than it actually is. Some of the pages are padded with pictures and dont have much text in them or some pages are dedicated to a small review of everything that has been said in the previous paragraph again using a page that could be better used.
Aside from its faults i'd say get it, it's a great read!
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27 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David J. Corcoran on 5 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book to document the rise of the new social underclass that is infesting British cities - namely the chav. The chav, for the uninitiated is essentially the nineteenth century lumpen proletariat transported to the present day. Chavs exist in a neo-Dickensian world of petty crime, shellsuits, longterm unemployment and gold plated jewellery.
The book provides a useful counterpoint to the standard theories on the underclass in UK society and as such is essential reading for sociology students everywhere.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Morley on 16 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whilst others reviewers have picked up on its lack of depth I think that that point is irrelevant. Chav! is a funny, funny book that takes does indeed stereotype certain people in Britain but is nonetheless hilarious.
On days out:
“Whilst at the museum, however, little Keanu and Tracey are likely to meet for the first time in their lives Tarquin and Jemima, the posh kids. Chav kids and posh kids will only ever meet in such places, and will be utterly shocked by each other. Tarquin and Jemima will thoughtfully look at the exhibits and pull out notebooks from their smart rucksacks while and Keanu and Tracey will laugh at the nudes (making a special point of identifying all genitalia on display)….”
When England plays:
“One way or another they will ensure they ‘get it’. Kebab shop-owners are usually in the front line for this kind of treatment in the post-pub world and will usually suffer if England has been beaten. The exception to this rule is if the chav happens to live in a multicultural community in which they are likely to be confronted by a lot of non-Brits who are much bigger than they are. The blame will then conveniently be shifted to the team, the crap manager or both!”
Personally, though, the book is worth looking at for one image alone on p.130. Here is a quite scary-looking chav lady with the caption; ‘Noffink wrong wit’ a burgaa now and then!’ You have to see it!
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