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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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  • 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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • James L
  • 09-29-17

Childishly Naive

It is unfortunate that the argument that reduced social support leading to greater inequality has a social cost is lost in this naive and juvenile book on class war.

Anyone looking for a balanced view of the costs and challenges of our current social policy should look away as this is a schoolboy rant of envy against simplified good vs bad views of British society.

Not worth the effort. The issues are real but this book is not.

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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!!!!!

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Ace Ken
  • 12-02-17

Important subject matter for anyone living in Britain

An interesting perspective on the way the working class are viewed by the wider society, and how this perception came to being. However, wish the narrator didn’t voice the accents of the people quoted in this book, it detracted from the subject at hand and was annoying. This book could have been summarised better as it was repetitive at times. Overall, some great subject matter that needs to be talked about more.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-17-17

Everything is explained

All students should have to read or listen to this book. its a game changer. The tricks government get up to to her ignore our poorest in society is like a Dickensian novel. let's sort it out. come on.Owen get into politics I would vote for you.