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    DescriptionIn 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 figleaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality. Based on a wealth of original research, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain. This updated edition includes a new chapter exploring the causes and consequences of the UK riots in the summer of 2010.

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    The Demonization of the Working Class
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Owen Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844678648
    ISBN 10: 1844678644

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    LC classification: HD8391 .J66 2012
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    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    22 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    OWEN JONES has worked in the British Parliament as a trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    `Superb and angry.` Polly Toynbee, Guardian; `A work of passion, sympathy and moral grace.` Dwight Garner, New York Times; `Persuasively argued, and packed full of good reporting and useful information - [Jones] makes an important contribution to a revivified debate about class.` Lynsey Hanley, Guardian; `A timely book.` Book of the Week, The Times; `A blinding read.` Suzanne Moore, Guardian; `It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch.` Jon Cruddas, Book of the Week, Independent; `A lively, well-reasoned and informative counterblast to the notion that Britain is now more or less a classless society.` Sean O'Hagan, Observer.