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Chav Bashing

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8 Chav Bashing

‘Chav’ seems to be one of the few socially acceptable slurs today. Regarded with disdain as yobbish, BNP-electing McDonalds Mums and binge-drinking ‘ladettes’, holiday firms now offer ‘chav-free holidays’ and a London gymnasium is able to put on lessons in ‘chav’ fighting. In this debate at the Battle of Ideas, panellists ask what really lies beneath this widespread perception that a significant section of society has values and norms of behaviour that are highly problematic. Do the discussions about ‘chavs’ or the ‘white working class’ describe real problems or are they symptomatic of less tangible cultural anxieties and our disillusionment with material culture?

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‘Chav’ seems to be one of the few socially acceptable slurs today. Regarded with disdain as yobbish, BNP-electing McDonalds Mums and binge-drinking ‘ladettes’, holiday firms now offer ‘chav-free holidays’ and a London gymnasium is able to put on lessons in ‘chav’ fighting. In this debate at the Battle of Ideas, panellists ask what really lies beneath this widespread perception that a significant section of society has values and norms of behaviour that are highly problematic. Do the discussions about ‘chavs’ or the ‘white working class’ describe real problems or are they symptomatic of less tangible cultural anxieties and our disillusionment with material culture?

Recommended links:

· Article by Tim Black: How to beat up chavs

· Article by Neil Davenport: You say underclass, we say white trash

· Article by Nick Britten: Britain has produced unteachable ‘under-chavs’

Report by Runnymede Perspectives: Who cares about the white working class?

Related topics: Civil Liberties, Debates, Social Change

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Doodle said:

I hear it so much now, especially from the politically correct who want to clamp down on what people say by hate speech laws etc -they are the ones with the disdain for the ‘chavs’ who seemingly have every prejudice in the book and are even beyond a good ole missionary style education!

dogstar said:

Excellent and fascinating debate, l agree that the whole idea of ignorant drunken chavs provides the justification for a general attack on civil liberties from booze bans to CCTV. I think Professor Dench is pretty off the wall mind you with his suggestion that Britain is not a proper country and doesn’t have tradional values because it hasn’t got a peasantry – logical but nuts- presumably we should get back to the land and do morris dancing. Love the burberry cutaways too..