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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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    "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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    Gregory Monk 26/04/2017
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    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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    "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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    Owen Jones is one of the best political observers writing today. This should be a school text.

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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

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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!

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    Gregory A. Webster Sheffield 04/05/2017
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    A poor effort that offers very little to leave the listener thinking. The left is determined to make itself irrelevant in British politics and this book is yet more evidence of this. Zzzzzzz

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