Thursday, 15 May 2014

Owen Jones: A Rebel Rant.

Writer, Columnist and Activist  Owen Jones was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
 Owen is a weekly columnist for The Guardian and former columnist for The Independent newspaper and his work has previously appeared in The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Sunday Mirror, Le Monde diplomatique and several smaller publications. He has made a number of television appearances as a political commentator, including several BBC News shows, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV's Daybreak and BBC One's Question Time discussion programme. Owen tends to write from a left-wing perspective, with Andrew Neather citing Owen’s ' Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class as part of a resurgence of left-wing-themed ideas. Additionally, he is the Policy and Media Advisor for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, a left-wing think tank.
(Owen Jones and Khatia Shiuka)
Owen Jones's  book 'Chavs' -'The Demonization of the Working Class' received attention in both domestic and international media, including being selected by The New York Times as one of its top 10 non-fiction books of 2011 and being long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.  In addition, The Independent on Sunday newspaper named Owen as one of their top 50 Britons of 2011 for the manner in which the book raised the profile of class-based issues.
 (Owen Jones and Tony Benn)
Owen has received attention as a significant commentator of the left, with The Daily Telegraph placing him at 7th in their 2013 list of Britain's most influential left-wingers and readers of the Left Foot Forward blog voting him as the most influential left-wing thinker of 2013. In November 2012, Jones was awarded Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, along with The Times journalist Hugo Rifkind.  In February 2013 Jones was awarded the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award, donating half the prize money to support the campaign of Lisa Forbes, a Labour parliamentary candidate, and the other half to Disabled People Against Cuts.

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