"Chavs", class and representation
A review of Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class

Ginsburgh, Nicola
Date Written:  2012-10-08
Publisher:  International Socialism
Year Published:  2012
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX14653

Chavs traces the rise of an offensive caricature of the working class: a racist hooligan, an alcoholic thug; women unable to control their vaginas, men unable to control their fists; brainless, feckless scroungers-working class people, as represented by the term chav, are nothing more than parasitic growths on society. Jones demonstrates how the figure of the chav is used to deflect blame away from the structures that create inequality onto individuals.

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