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Literary Festival 2012: Class Wars/Culture Wars: Owen Jones and the chavs

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Speaker(s): Sue Christoforou, Professor Mary Evans, Owen Jones

Recorded on 1 March 2012 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

The recent riots in parts of England have focussed increased attention on what has increasingly been described as the 'underclass' of English society. Various politicians have clambered (or leapt) onto a bandwagon that has defined this group as beyond civil society. Many of the people regarded as dangerous are young and male and one half of the 'chavs' who have been the subject of Owen Jones's book. But who are 'these people' and has a social identity been created for them that sees only the negative in their behaviour?

Sue Christoforou is a policy analyst and campaigner. She has worked for a number of national campaigning organisations, including Mind, Macmillan Cancer Support and DrugScope.

Mary Evans is centennial professor at the Gender Institute, LSE.

Owen Jones is author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. He has worked in parliament as a trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher.

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