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Chavs Audiobook

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

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In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britain's 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 acclaimed 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, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality. When Chavs was first published in 2011 it opened up the discussion of class in Britain. Then, in the public debate after the riots of that summer, Owen Jones's thesis was proved right - the working class were the scapegoats for everything that was wrong with Britain. This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today.

©2016 Owen Jones (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Mr
    Leagrave, United Kingdom
    4/7/17
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    "A really good listen, and do right in many ways"

    I had never thought about the class war happening in the UK before but this throws it into sharp relief. A great listen, but does start to feel it is hammering the same point over and over. But it's an important point.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Emiliya Decheva
    5/11/17
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    "The excessive accents actually harm the point"

    Overall I found it interesting and engaging (down right infuriating when u think of the injustice).
    I found a bit of repetitiveness- the main points were reintroduced and no further insight was provided.
    Finally, the actor is harming the book and the points it makes. Excessive and unneeded use of northern accents throughout (as examples of working class, while Conservative representatives were presented as talking with no accents at all?!- a thing I found unpleasant

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Gregory Monk
    4/26/17
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    "Delighted this is finally on Audible!"
    What did you like most about Chavs?

    A useful retrospective of Britain at the point this book came out (which important forewords to update) covering some things that are still fresh in my memory and others I had forgotten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After reading The Establishment when it came out, I especially liked this book as an insight into Jones' earlier work and the evolution of his views.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/1/17
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    "We all need to read this"

    Many things left of centre but food for thought
    I am from an inner city council estate in the 70s
    I honestly believe the kids growing up now do not have the chances that my generation had , books like this highlight the need for us all to get a heart

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Shell
    7/10/17
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    "A must read!"

    A book with more than a ring of truth about it! Read this book if you want to know how this country got into the mess it is in!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Gayle
    9/7/17
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    "War On The Poor"

    More evidence of how the 1% control and influence the 99% of the population and sustain the status quo!!!!!

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/20/17
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    "the author shamelessly maniplates statistics "

    This book uses contradictory arguments and shamelessly maniplates statistics while berating others for doing the same thing!

    14 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Georgie
    Kinvara, Ireland
    6/20/17
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    "Great stuff"

    Owen Jones is one of the best political observers writing today. This should be a school text.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/2/17
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    "Just ok"

    I didn't love this book. I bought it thinking it may have some interesting insights. I found it overwhelming negative and one sided. The author is clear on who is to blame for the fall of the working class and I just felt like the book was one big 'blame the rich, blame the bankers' session - the hymn sheet of the populist hard left. I further suspect many of the facts laid out by the author were cherry picked /narrowly focused to support his arguments, though he wouldn't be first writer to do that. The book just made me long for the days where centre right or left was the norm, not the exception.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    10/1/17
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    "Detailed at times, but loses thread in the end"

    This is an important read in terms of understanding how the current generation of the working class has continued to be victimised especially after the rule of Margaret Thatcher.

    From the miners' strikes and Hillsborough, to the modern day label of Chav, the working class have been vilified in order to divide, rule and exploit. Owen Jones explains the ideology fairly well but falls short in providing detailed figures.

    And while I agree with most of what he says, including the working class should all stick together, there were some elements that he defends including racists such as Jade Goody, that I could not get on board with. Good, but slightly disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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