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Moralising discourse and the dialectical formation of class identities: the social reaction to 'chavs' in Britain
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 1
2015 (English)In: Revisiting Moral Panics / [ed] Viviene E Cree, Viviene E. Cree, Gary Clapton, Mark Smith, Policy Press, 2015, 159-167 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses the volatile social reaction to chavs. The term has become widely used to denigrate white working-class youths appropriating certain markers of taste. It is demonstrated that the chav is constructed through moralising discourses and practices, which have elements of a moral panic. Three elements characterising moralisation processes are identified: moral order, social control and ethical self-formation. Moreover, it is shown that the moralisation of chavs serves to construct class identities: chavs have been cast as a ‘non-respectable’, white working-class ‘folk devil’ against whom middle-class and ‘respectable’ working-class people distinguish and identify themselves as morally righteous.

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Policy Press, 2015. 159-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Chavs, white working class, moral righteousness
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Sociology Media Studies Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136133DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447321859.003.0013ISI: 000385863500020ISBN: 9781447321859OAI: diva2:1051123
Available from: 2016-12-01 Created: 2016-11-29 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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