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Talk: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Wed 24 Oct 2012, 7pm, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row S1 2BX

Owen Jones talks about his book Chavs, which opens up a major debate about the stereotyping of the working class in Britain and exposes the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, one based on the media's inexhaustible obsession with an indigent white underclass. His acclaimed book portrays a far more complex reality.Owen is a writer, commentator and activist. He is a columnist with The Independent and has worked in Parliament as a trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher, helping Labour plan backbench rebellions on issues ranging from civil liberties to workers' rights.Part of Off the Shelf, Sheffield's 21-year old annual festival of words, with a great programme of over 200 events this year. Between 13th October and 3rd November 2012, there is everything from community events to readings to workshops, at various venues. Tickets £7.50/£5.50 concessionswww.offtheshelf.org.uk

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