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A sparrow is a bird, but not all birds are sparrows,
This review is from: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)
What first surprised me about this book was the use of the term chavs to describe working class people as a whole. I discussed it with a wide range of friends and family, scattered across the country, and they all agreed: chavs may be working class, but not all working class are chavs. I think the description of a chav on Wikipedia gives a very complete and accurate picture of what a chav is - or at least what I and friends and family perceive as a chav. They are one element in the working class, just as travellers for example are another element in the working class. I would argue that the vast majority of working class people - employed, unemployed, single, married, pregnant, not pregnant, on benefits, not on benefits, anything, not on anything - are not chavs at all. To describe them as such is as bad as coralling together the entire middle class (for sake of argument those in professional and managerial occupations) and describing them all as toffs.
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Initial post: 25 May 2012 21:03:15 BDT
Dr Dave. H says:
The whole point is that the author is describing how other people see working class people as Chavs, not how he sees them. Perhaps you have missed that?
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