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London-based make-up artist Sabrina – who creates ‘chav’ looks to “make fun of the way some girls do their make-up, as most of these girls have the same attitude” – also says she doesn’t intend her videos to be classist. “I’d never define someone based on their social status,” she tells Dazed, “and I would never mean for my videos to promote discrimination to any social class out there. I’m a make-up lover and an aspiring make-up artist, so I always enjoy a trend that has anything to do with that.” Furthermore, the theory of delinquent subculture could be applied, developed by Albert K. Cohen. He believes that the reason for delinquent behaviour was an uprising against the middle class society’s perception of what society should be. He states the delinquent subculture, “takes its norms from the larger culture, but turns them upside down. The delinquent’s conduct is right by the standards of his subculture precisely because it is wrong by the norms of the larger culture.” I can see why people could interpret my videos as classist, but that’s never my intention,” Mariam tells Dazed. “I just make relatable videos of the type of people we go to school with. I see a ‘chav’ as someone who is rude and loud for no reason, who doesn’t pay attention in class, used a lot of slang, (and wore the) incorrect uniform. How rich or poor they are has nothing to do with it.”

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Heeney, Joanne. "Disability Welfare Reform and the Chav Threat: A Reflection on Social Class and ‘Contested Disabilities’." Disability & Society 30.4 (2015): 650-653. Ethnicity and class are key in academic discussion of the Chav, and in this context they prove to be interwoven and inexorably slippery. Just as previous academic discussions surrounding ethnicity challenge assumptions around whiteness, privilege and discrimination, an equally labyrinthine picture is drawn on the relationship between class and the Chavs, and on the practices of exclusion and symbolic to which they are subject. Chavs as “Wrong” Consumers Foucault, Michel. “The Subject and Power." Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. Eds. Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow. Brighton: Harvester, 1982. 777-795.

The word Chav became officially included in the English language in the UK in 2003, when it was inducted into the Oxford English Dictionary ( OED). The current OED entry offers many points for further discussion, all centred upon a discriminatory positioning of Chav: Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Boston: Harvard UP, 1984. The importance of consumption choices and, more specifically, of choices which are considered to be "wrong" adds one final piece to this map of the Chav (Mason and Wigley). What was already noted as discrimination towards Chavs centred upon notions of class, socioeconomic status, and, ethnicity, is amplified by emphasis on consumption choices deemed to be aesthetically undesirable. This all comes together through the “Othering” of a pattern of consumerist choices that encompasses branded clothes, sportswear and other garments typically labelled as "chavvy". Chav: Not Always a Label

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While the term ‘chav’ may have become popularised as a derogatory term to describe a lower class, it has actually been given some more positive attributes in recent years. In terms of the fashion industry, what the chav once represented has been appropriated and is now one of the biggest influences on fashion trends. Below, we will detail how what was once a wholly negative thing has become totally acceptable, and in some ways or another the chav is now looked up to in terms of style. Mason, Roger B., and Gemma Wigley. “The Chav Subculture: Branded Clothing as an Extension of the Self.” Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies 5.3: 173-184.Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy has fully championed lad culture. His collections reflect that iconic chav aesthetic and he has collaborated continuously with the likes of Adidas as a celebration of sportswear. His collections are wholly Russian with a football hooligan vibe, which is something that was extremely prevalent when chav culture first came to the fore. In a wider discussion of ethnicity, segregation and discrimination, Colin Webster discusses Chav and “white trash”, within the context of discourses that criminalise certain forms of whiteness. The conspicuous absence of whiteness in debates regarding fair representation of ethnicity and exclusion is highlighted here, as is the difficulty that social sciences often encounter in conceptualising whiteness in terms exceeding privilege, superiority, power, and normality.

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