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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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  • Emiliya Decheva
  • 05-11-17

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

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  • Gregory Monk
  • 04-26-17

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.

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  • Mr
  • 04-07-17

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-17

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

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  • Steve S
  • 01-08-18

See politics for what it truly is!

A very well written, interesting take on the last 30 years of politics and a lasting legacy of Maggie Thatcher.
Essentially it explains that if you give people jobs and housing, then society will be better for everybody including the elite. Trouble is, the elite want to take everything and therefore we all suffer. Time to rally the troops!

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  • Danny Shell
  • 07-10-17

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!

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  • Michael Gayle
  • 09-07-17

War On The Poor

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

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  • Lina Shaw
  • 04-10-18

Informative

Great, very informative, good voice but abit repetitive for my liking. Would listen to it again.

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  • mrs
  • 03-11-18

The portrayal and betrayal of the Working Class

Where does Chavs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The portrayal and betrayal and ultimate genocide of the White Working Class.
Driven by fear and loathing this is a real gut wrenching insight into the relentless state sponsored attacks on the White Working Class of Great Britain.

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  • daleGmoore
  • 03-10-18

Very timely, very relevant

This excellently written book deserves a wide readership. Its message is relevant and timely. Wherever you see yourself fitting into our current political system, we’re long overdue for a major rethink. It starts with you and me. Brilliantly read by Leighton Pugh.