The creation of the other: the socio-spatial construction of the 'chav'

Hanlon, Steven (2007) The creation of the other: the socio-spatial construction of the 'chav'. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this study was to research into the recent phenomenon of the 'chav'. In 2004, 'Chav' was named buzzword of the year in Susie Dent's book Larpers and Shroomers: The Language Report (BBC News, 2004). This topic of the 'chav' itself, along with many surrounding issues such as marginalized youth groups and social class, were researched into at length. Using the work of Murray (1990) on the 'underclass' and more recent work by Haywood & Yar (2006) among others, the issues surrounding the formation of the 'chav' in relation to other former and present youth groups was able to take place. This study used quantitative research, through the collection of one hundred questionnaires, with twenty being collected from five separate areas. This study also used qualitative research, which took place in the form of four focus groups. This data was used to form the basis of the argument to either prove or disprove the hypothesis. The hypothesis was that there would be one universal definition of the 'chav' which would not vary from one area to the next. However the results from both forms of primary research indicated that the definition of a 'chav' did indeed vary across space and place, hence disproving the hypothesis. This conclusion was formulated by using the responses from the questionnaires and the feedback from the focus groups. Also the statistics package Minitab 13 was used, which enabled the study to carry out some statistical analysis on the data, the results from this data analysis supported the findings from the primary research in disproving the hypothesis.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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