Kenan Malik


Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey. He is a presenter of Analysis, BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme and a panelist on the Moral Maze. His books include The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics (2014), From Fatwa to Jihad (2009), Strange Fruit (2008), Man, Beast and Zombie (2000), and The Meaning of Race (1996).

Malik was born in India, brought up in Manchester and now lives in London. He studied neurobiology (at the University of Sussex) and history and philosophy of science (at Imperial College, London). He was for a number of years a research psychologist at the Centre for Research into Perception and Cognition (CRPC) at the University of Sussex, working on problems of the mental representation of spatial relations. For the past decade, he has been an independent writer, lecturer, researcher and broadcaster., Pandaemonium



Lontoon vuodet (1983-2000), TL:n muistoja, 10.10.2019

Maahanmuutto ja ihmisten etninen karsinoiminen, 29.1.2014

Kenan Malik, Strange fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate. Oneworld 2008.

Celebrating diversity or equality? by Marek Kohn, Eagle Street, June 1997

Diane Abbott draws Finns into British race debate, Eagle Street, March 1997




Forms of bigotry and forms of blindness, Pandaemonium, 23 November 2021

If tackling racism is just a box-ticking exercise, the urgent imperative to change our ways is lost, The Observer, 21 November 2021

Instruments to pursue a cruel policy, Pandaemonium, 16 November 2021

Lukashenko is a handy villain to mask the cruelty of Fortress Europe, The Observer, 14 November 2021

Pessimism, misanthropy and changing the world, Pandaemonium, 9 November 2021

Want to change the world? Then you'd better give up on self-defeating pessimism, The Observer, 7 November 2021

The Politics of rebranding, Pandaemonium, 2 November 2021

You can't escape your past by changing your name, as Mark Zuckerberg will discover, The Observer, 31 October 2021

On the assisted dying debate, Pandaemonium, 26 October 2021

Claiming a monopoly on truth and decency is no way to win the assisted dying debate, The Observer, 24 October 2021

On the flaunting of double standards, Pandaemonium, 19 October 2021

Whether freedom of speech or fairness to migrants, some principles are sacred, The Observer, 17 October 2021

Want to raise wages? Rebuild our unions, Pandaemonium, 12 October 2021

Blame the erosion of trade union power, not migrants, for poor wages, The Observer, 10 October 2021

The Anglosphere and the history of liberty, Pandaemonium, 28 September 2021

We should not allow the Anglosphere to distort the history of liberty, The Observer, 26 September 2021

Mortality, inequality and lessons from America, Pandaemonium, 21 September 2021

America's mortality gap should sound a blaring alarm across the Atlantic, The Observer, 19 September 2021

Omar Little and moral complexity, Pandaemonium, 14 September 2021

In an age too given to moral certainty, let's remember The Wire's Omar as a study in complexity, The Observer, 12 September 2021

The magical quality of whiteness, Pandaemonium, 7 September 2021

To be truly British, the country needs to stay largely white. Really, Lionel Shriver? The Observer, 5 September 2021

Creating inequality beyond the pandemic, Pandaemonium, 31 August 2021

The rich nations' take on the world post-pandemic? ‘I'm all right, Jack', The Observer, 29 August 2021

Refugee policy from inside the bunker, Pandaemonium, 24 August 2021

Britain's offer to Afghan refugees is not ‘generous'. It's blindly inhumane, The Observer, 22 August 2021

From the esl to not much better, Pandaemonium, 17 August 2021

It was only yesterday we saved football's soul. We might be losing it again... , The Observer, 15 August 2021

Covid and the myths of East and West, Pandaemonium, 10 August 2021

Can Covid death rates be reduced to a clash of values? It's not so simple, The Observer, 8 August 2021

Levelling up? More like hammerin down, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2021

Levelling up should take many forms. And don't forget London's poorest need it too, The Observer, 25 July 2021

Inequality and the politics of division, Pandaemonium, 20 July 2021

Gross inequality stoked the violence in South Africa. It's a warning to us all, The Observer, 18 July 2021

Cynicism & cruelty dressed up as law, Pandaemonium, 13 July 2021

After Priti Patel has finshed, which refugees will carry a torch for Britain?, The Observer, 11 July 2021

On being a 90-minute Englishman, Pandaemonium, 7 July 2021

Plucked from the web #81, Pandaemonium, 5 July 2021

I love the football team but can't get tribal about England. What's going on? The Observer, 4 July 2021

The power not to be held accountable for one's power, Pandaemonium, 29 June 2021

From Grenfell Tower to the Met police, shirking responsibility has become endemic, The Observer, 27 June 2021

Offence, cruelty and public debate, Pandaemonium, 23 June 2021

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie captures the hypocrisies of too many ‘social justice' zealots, The Observer, 20 June 2021

Sport, poltics and taking the knee, Pandaemonium, 16 June 2021

It's impossible to keep politics out of sport. And that's just as it should be, The Observer, 13 June 2021

The good, the bad and medical data, Pandaemonium, 9 June 2021

The Bigotry of race norming, Pandaemonium, 6 June 2021

‘Race norming' is bigotry that began with good intentions, The Observer, 6 June 2021

Tell me how you'll use my medical data. Only then might I sign up, The Observer, 6 June 2021

A shared future from the river to the sea. Pandaemonium, 25 May 2021

Plucked from the wen #80, Pandaemonium, 23 May 2021

Both left and right practise ‘cancel culture'. Both should stop, The Observer, 23 May 2021

From the river to the sea, Jews and Arabs must forge a shared future, The Observer, 23 May 2021

Free speech and political expediency, Pandaemonium, 18 May 2021

On immigration, Michel Barnier has joined the race to the bottom, The Observer, 16 May 2021

Challenge bigotry by all means, but outlaw it? I'd rather not, The Observer, 16 May 2021

Napoleon, Churchill and horrible histories, Pandaemonium, 12 May 2021

Let's be honest – every national hero is tainted by the values of our time, The Observer, 9 May 2021

The buried truths that say so much about our ancestors, The Observer, 9 May 2021

Grenfall, corruption and the hollowed-out state, Pandaemonium, 4 May 2021

Oriemtalism and ahistoricism, Pandaemonium, 2 May 2021

Grenfell is still giving up its secrets and they retain the power to shock, The Observer, 2 May 2021

Great thinkers make sense of a world racked by contradictions, The Observer, 2 May 2021

Policing inequalites of race and class, Pandaemonium, 24 April 2021

US policing is far less about fighting crime than controlling the poor, The Observer, 25 April 2021

New vaccine success for Oxford is truly remarkable, The Observer, 25 April 2021

Immigration and the race to the bottom, Pandaemonium, 20 April 2021

By demonising asylum seekers, Denmark reflects a panic in social democracy, The Observer, 18 April 2021

Authenicity, identity and Luther, Pandaemonium, 18 April 2021

Is Luther not black enough if he doesn't eat jerk chicken? The Observer, 18 April 2021

Here's to social spaces, Pandaemonium, 13 April 2021

Full pubs are a sign of communities that work. Let's toast their return, The Observer, 11 April 2021

So, what's wromg with the Sewell report? Pandaemonium, 6 April 2021

Yes, we need a more nuanced debate about race. But this flawed report fails to deliver it, The Observer, 4 April 2021

To liove in a plural society, Pandaemonium, 30 March 2021

“Creativity is not fearing the unknown” by Nawal El Saadawi and Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 28 March 2021 (video)

To live in a diverse society means to live with debate. Bring it on, The Observer, 28 March 2021

Why the Shrewsbury 24 case is so relevant right now, The Observer, 28 March 2021

Racism, privilege and anti-Asian hostility, Pandaemonium, 23 March 2021

Myths of Asian privilege fuel a brutal and cartoonish bigotry, The Observer, 21 March 2021

Must we wave the flag at every little thing now, good or bad?, The Observer, 21 March 2021

Start the weel talking identity, Pandaemonium, 20 March 2021

Protests & policing after the pandemic, Pandaemonium, 16 March 2021

If you thought the right to protest was inalienable, then think again, The Observer, 14 March 2021

Unlevelling Down is the Tories' new vote-winner, The Observer, 14 March 2021

Translation and identity, Pandaemonium, 9 March 2021

Lost in translation: the dead end of dividing the world on identity lines, The Observer, 7 March 2021

The law is only unbending when we choose it to be, The Observer, 7 March 2021

Inequality and political divides, Pandaemonium, 3 March 2021

Britain has a moral and legal obligation to Shamima Begum, The Observer, 28 February 2021

The left/right divide still exists. But it's struggling to escape the lure of identity politics, The Observer, 28 February 2021

Democracy and the Rohingya Pandaemonium, 24 February 2021

Where were the protesters when the Rohingya were being murdered?, The Observer, 21 February 2021

The woke and the unwoke, Pandaemonium, 16 February 2021

Plucked from the web #79, Pandaemonium, 15 February 2021

Irrational markets and corporate power, Pandaemonium, 3 February 2021

The noble savages of the working class, Pandaemonium, 26 January 2021

Coronavirus vaccines offer the world hope – unless you live in Africa, The Observer, 24 January 2021

Age-old notions of the noble savage haunt views of working-class life, The Observer, 24 January 2021

Free speech, big tech and broken politics' Pandaemonium, 19 January 2021

In Britain and abroad, it's easy to scapegoat poor migrants, The Observer, 17 January 2021

Control Facebook and mend broken societies... If only it were that simple, The Observer, 17 January 2021

Less about money than about priorities, Pandaemonium, 12 January 2021

Lives are falling apart. Enough talk about inequality, it's now time to act, The Observer, 10 January 2021

Do footballers really deserve to jump the queue for the vaccine? The Observer, 10 January 2021

The Red Wall traps ro avoid (and not to avoid), Pandaemonium, 5 January 2021

Is the world waking up to collective action's possibilities? The Observer, 3 January 2021

It's too easy to lapse into stereotypes when we talk about ‘red wall' seats, The Observer, 3 January 2021

Songs of despair and hope, Pandaemonium, 1 January 2021


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