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"Chav Mum, Chav Scum" : class disgust in contemporary Britain.

Tyler, Imogen (2008) "Chav Mum, Chav Scum" : class disgust in contemporary Britain. Feminist Media Studies, 8 (1). pp. 17-34. ISSN 1468-0777

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    Abstract

    In the last three years a new vocabulary of social class has emerged in Britain. The word “chav,” alongside its various synonyms and regional variations, has become a ubiquitous term of abuse for the white poor. This article explores the emergence of the grotesque and comic figure of the chav within a range of contemporary British media focusing on the role played by disgust reactions in the generation and circulation of the chav figure through popular media. Concentrating on the figure of the female chav, and the vilification of young white working-class mothers, this article argues that the “chav mum” is produced through disgust reactions as an intensely affective figure that embodies historically familiar and contemporary anxieties about female sexuality, reproduction, fertility, and “racial mixing.”

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Media Studies
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Feminist Media Studies, 8 (1), 2008, © Informa Plc
    Uncontrolled Keywords: social class ; race ; gender ; news media ; internet forum ; blogs ; emotion ; affect ; humour ; comedy ; single mothers
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 27152
    Deposited By: Dr Imogen Tyler
    Deposited On: 01 Oct 2009 13:20
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:39
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27152

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