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2.0 out of 5 stars A category error, innit?, 24 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)
Owen Jones's book starts from a false premise - that `chav' and `working class' are synonymous. Chavs are a particular subset of a much broader social stratum. Moreover, while many may mock aspects of chav culture (the Burberry cap, the status Staffy, calling offspring after footballers, etc.), to poke fun is not to demonise - any more than to find the `toffs' of 'Made in Chelsea' absurd is actively to despise them.

If I were to dislike a group of people for the accident of their birth into underprivileged circumstances, that really would be contemptible. However, it seems more reasonable to dislike the freely chosen attitudes and behaviours of a smaller chav subset - viz. feckless dependency and anti-social activity which makes others' lives (often their working class neighbours) a misery. Remarkably similar characteristics are shown by a subset of the upper class, like the Bullingdon Club yahoos depicted in the recent play 'Posh': both groups think the world owes them a living, and both show cavalier disregard for anyone with the misfortune to be in their way. Can I not deplore these attributes, whoever is exhibiting them, without being accused of class hate?
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2012 19:28:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2012 19:28:55 BDT
Peter Perry says:
Yet another 'reviewer' who hasn't read the book; or if he has, finds it unnecessary to make any reference to it in the review, preferring to regale us with his Daily Mailesque views on the subject.

Abysmal.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 00:34:31 BDT
Star Sailor says:
Well, your post was just as useless, if you had made some points as to why it seemed to you the reviewer hadnt read the book... THAT would have proven helpful. If you have read the book, I'd like to hear if indeed the author begins from a false premise.

I for one thought this review was good.
Save me the money of buying it or give me your own review that would recomend it please.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 00:57:27 BDT
S Wood says:
First sentence gives the game away. Owen Jones does not regard working class and chav as being synonymous. On the lack of equivalence betwwen the two terms he could hardly be clearee.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2016 16:45:13 GMT
T. S. C. says:
Class is taboo. The concerned and respectable don't talk about such things. Certainly not when there are plenty of irrelevant issues for the do gooders to get upset about.

Posted on 14 Apr 2016 12:35:24 BDT
D. Bain says:
An excellent review, and I agree 100%. Jones is just an ignorant apologist for yobs.
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