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The Great British Class Calculator and Chavs




Traditional British social divisions of upper, middle and working class seem out of date in the 21st Century, no longer reflecting modern occupations or lifestyles.


Definitions of ‘Chav’


- used to refer to working-class youth subculture
- characterised by branded clothing and outlandish jewellery termed ‘bling’
- Some have later defined ‘Chav’ as ‘Councile-Housed and Violent’.

The following are comments on Facebook....and ed’s replies.

These comments are a response to the BBC’s and the sociologists they teamed up with to redefine the British Class system. - The Great British Class Calculator.  One thing to note is that education has been left out of the ‘class calculator’, presumably, to enable the people to blame themselves for their failure instead of the elite-serving economy.  So, according to this ‘class calculator’, you are of a particular class because of how much you earn, whom you associate with, and the pastimes you pursue, not because of how you might have been deprived of opportunities despite possessing the potential or qualifications to enable you to access more.  The effect, in other words, has been presented as the cause.

Alright, on to the comments.....and a bit more from myself thereafter.


Ravi K Gill: These socio economic demographic calculations are simply ridiculous. Marginalizing members of society into one of seven categories, is what splits us up, and creates so much ambiguity. This kind of class system, needs to be rid of. On a governmental level - I may understand its need to target certain audiences, but to actively put this out and make a lot of people think they are better or worse off compared to the rest of society isn't good for the ego or confidence. I just don't like this, it's so degrading.

Ed: @ Ravi K. Gill, whether these categories exist or not, the marginalisation that underlies these 'realities' is that which is divisive. Such categories only serve to bring to light the divisions that exist despite our denials....and enables us to keep it in mind the next time we might be inclined to curtsey to some aristobrat or the Kardashians. Face the realities mate, so that you can recreate it...even if it is in the image of the 'chavs'.

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I was talking to a bloke, whom according to class-definitions, is a member of the struggling working class, when he spoke disparagingly about ‘the chavs’.  Funny, I thought, considering he was an anti-monarchist as well.  I was wondering, ‘why is this bloke putting down his none-too-distant class cousins? 

When you look at the rockers, mods, teddy boys, etc, in the past, were they not largely a part of the working classes, and were they not the cultural ancestors of the ‘chavs’ of these days?  But I suppose these ‘chavs’ of the past had their status raised in the eyes of the star-struck public when pop-stars arose from their numbers, or represented them in style, and made it big on the international and quite largely juvenile ‘music’ scene, i.e. Elvis, the Beatles, Sex Pistols, the Clash, etc.  But the ‘chavs’ of present times have yet to do that in the UK, and especially where the ‘music’ scene is quite bereft of style as was the case in previous eras from the 50s through the 80s.

I think the only reason why some look down upon the 'chavs' is that the 'chavs' have not benefited enough from 'hand-outs' to live as opulently as Queen, celebs, and the elite.  Perhaps the benefits for the ‘chavs’ ought to be increased, as has been the case in the aforementioned privileged, so that the people might be inclined to break out the bunting in  recognition and celebration of the ‘chavs’.

I hate to wonder why these chav-haters have no problem when the mayor of London or the Queen wear such ‘bling’ jewellery on state occasions.  Perhaps its just a matter of the chav-haters amongst the toiling classes thinking that one ought to leave the ‘bling’ to the upper classes as they have the ‘status’ to sport such styles.  Perhaps they’re thinking that ‘bling’ amongst the lower classes is a denial of their relatively lowly status which the chav-haters share.  It is quite a tendency amongst any marginalised class of people. 

There will always be many amongst them whom do not want ‘their own’ to stand out as they not only feel inferior compared to the upper classes, but are outshone amongst their own as well. (I personally faced this problem amongst the Indians in singapore whom, being marginalised by the Chinese, expect conformity amongst their own.  You’re only allowed to ‘stand out’ when you have the status and money to back it up.  Both the upper and lower class Indians abide by this unstated rule.  Thankfully, being in the UK, I’m pretty much free of that nonsense now.)

Anyway, in a nutshell, or in a simple paragraph,

I think the only reason why some look down upon the 'chavs' is that the 'chavs' have not benefited enough from 'hand-outs' to live as opulently as Queen, celebs, and the elite.  Perhaps the benefits for the ‘chavs’ ought to be increased, as has been the case in the aforementioned privileged, so that the people might be inclined to break out the bunting in  recognition and celebration of the ‘chavs’.



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