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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  11 reviews
To the political left Hunter's people are the ignorant and the ill informed, to the victorious right they are the unwashed and discarded waste product of the labouring class. Chav Solidarity is part autobiography, part meditation on trauma, class and identity, part one finger salute into the face of respectability politics, but mostly an articulation of the contradictory h ...more
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published January 26th 2019
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Blue
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read in 2 days - I wasn't able to put the book down. Wtf is the point of academic writing after this. Gives you a serious task to check yourself in white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. The author certainly has. Will read again and again. ...more
Suki Linnell
This book is like a jump cable for your heart and mind. I want all the fellow middle class activist folk I know to read it, not so we can talk about it, but so we can collectively absorb the author's visceral understanding of the traumas that hierarchies of class, race and gender inflict on people with fewer choices in life. And so we can make our own better choices about how to be guided by people outside the middle class activist bubble.

A lot of what the author has experienced is horrifying.
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MichaelK
This is a phenomenal and extremely eye-opening book.

It is about the author's experiences growing up in extreme poverty, and the development of their political ideas.

While the subject matter is often challenging, the book is written in an easy and unpretentious style so you can fly through it very quickly. It also avoids the voyeuristic sensationalism often employed in media discussing poverty.

High recommended. Seriously, read this thing as soon as you can.
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Kit
A series of essays/stories about being human and surviving in the capitalist trauma-machine. Blunt, honest and with a sense of solidarity and humanity that cannot be understated. Essential reading for anyone trying to come to terms with their own experiences or simply if you are trying to become a person who no longer harms others.

Thank you so much for writing this.
Stefano Sotgia
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
Veloce memoir di un autore che a quarant'anni di cose da raccontare ne ha, cresciuto com'è nella miseria del sottoproletariato Nottingham fra risse, aggressioni, spaccio, rapine, prostituzione, stupri, ogni sorta di violenza subita e perpetrata. Come fa a sopravvivere? Di sicuro perché è bianco, quindi anche se nel mondo degli ultimi un privilegiato. Ma soprattutto grazie alla solidarietà che circola anche nei bassifondi del Regno Unito.

Un giorno, rinchiuso nell'ennesimo ospedale psichiatrico, l
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Tom Burdge
This is a really excellent book. A must read, but only when you're in a good state of mind; a lot of it is very heavy going.
Very broadly, the book argued against the disdain for and blame of those in poverty in the UK, primarily through an autobiographical lense. But it's a very rich work, and Hunter covers many things here; the appropriation of the mental health crisis by the middle classes, solidarity with rioters, his own racism, violence and white masculinity.

I'd say the crowning achievement
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Anne
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Very harrowing in some parts which made it difficult to read, but it's ultimately hopeful. ...more
Viola
Chav Solidarity
by D. Hunter

To the political left Hunter's people are the ignorant and the ill informed, to the victorious right they are the unwashed and discarded waste product of the labouring class. Chav Solidarity is part autobiography, part meditation on trauma, class and identity, part one finger salute into the face of respectability politics, but mostly an articulation of the contradictory heart of Chavvy shit heads across the U.K.

This collection of essay's pick apart the lived experie
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Eric
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The 4 star review on this is a bit misleading, because the text that accompanies four stars reads 'really liked it'. I did not really like this book; on many levels I really did *not* enjoy reading it, because it makes for incredibly uncomfortable reading. But that's also why I think it's so important. I will be recommending it to as many people as I can who are open to conversations on socioeconomic disparity in the UK (though that recommendation comes with with a heavy trigger warning; as some ...more
Cosimo G
Vite dei subalterni, dei dannati, degli oppressi. E riflessioni sulle forme di lotta e resistenza alle logiche di oppressione sociale ed economica.

Dalla storia personale dell'autore, egli stesso "chav", ci immergiamo nelle sue vicende biografiche caratterizzate da estrema povertà, abusi, violenza subita e perpetrata. Ma in realtà ci immergiamo nelle storie di vita di molti oppressi dal sistema sociale ed economico e dalle sue logiche che vanno ad articolarsi in ogni contesto, in ogni relazion
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Luke
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Not sure what to make of that but did enjoy his writing.
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