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




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

Cynicims, trust and a broken public sphere, Pandaemonium, 29 December 2020

A year of Pandaemonium, 27 December 2020

We want to trust in each other. But it'd be easier if we weren't so isolated, The Observer, 27 December 2020

Inequality, class and the culture wars, Pandaemonium, 22 December 2020

The Tory ‘class agenda' is a culture war stunt that will leave inequality untouched, The Observer, 20 December 2020

Blues & roots & jazz bassists, Pandaemonium, 20 December 2020 (videos)

Respect and tolerance, people and ideas, Pandaemonium, 15 December 2020

The Grenfell inquiry exposes market forces at their deadliest, The Observer, 13 December 2020

Ideas can be tolerated without being respected. The distinction is key, The Observer, 13 December 2020

Plucked from the web #78, Pandaemonium, 12 December 2020

Leveraging cruelty as a social good, Pandaemonium, 8 December 2020

Our leaders can't preach respect and treat the vulnerable with contempt, The Observer, 6 December 2020

From the land of no cinemas, a film worth watching in one, The Observer, 6 December 2020

Natural pathogens and a social affliction, Pandaemonium, 1 December 2020

There's a social pathogen stalking the world that's as deadly as Covid-19, The Observer, 29 November 2020

Maradona, Muhammad Ali and me, Pandaemonium, 29 November 2020

It was Maradona's defiance that most inspired me, The Observer, 29 November 2020

A picture of how power works. Pandaemonium, 24 November 2020

Joe Biden's begging bowl demeans the world's most powerful post, The Observer, 22 November 2020

From Grenfell to PPE, absolute power still corrupts in high places, The Observer, 22 November 2020

Vaccines, hesitancy and trust, Pandaemonium, 17 November 2020

Vaccination hesitancy is about lack of trust- Compulsion is not the answer, The Observer, 15 November 2020

A Chicago story with lessons for libraries everywhere, The Observer, 15 November 2020

Terror, hypocrisy and illiberalism, Pandaemonium, 11 November 2020

Pluckes from the web #77, Pandaemonium, 8 November 2020

Fanatics have no right to censor critics. But neither does Emmanuel Macron, The Observer, 8 November 2020

Look to Poland for a lesson in how popular protest works, The Observer, 8 November 2020

The Putney debates and neglected history, Pandaemonium, 3 November 2020

Compassion, not ‘deterrence', should inform Britain's asylum policy, The Observer, 1 November 2020

It's true, we ignore parts of our history – and not just about our colonial past, The Observer, 1 November 2020

Making empire ethical, Pandaemonium, 31 October 2020

What football tells us about globalisation, Pandaemonium, 27 October 2020

Why can't questions be asked of Facebook's ads? The Observer, 25 October 2020

Money fosters the cosmopolitan joy of our football but also its soullessnes, The Observer, 25 October 2020

On being white and on being working class Pandaemonium, 20 October 2020

Being white won't hold boys back. Being working class just might, The Observer, 18 October 2020

To defend the freedom to offend, Pandaemonium, 17 October 2020

From Peterloo to the Mangrove Nine, Pandaemonium, 13 October 2020

Mangrove isn't simply a ‘black story', but central to our country's history, The Observer, 11 October 2020

On immigration, the public is far more liberal than UK government, The Observer, 11 October 2020

Debating the past, contesting the present, Pandaemonium, 11 October 2020

Welcome to flatland, Pandaemonium, 6 October 2020

Welcome to Flatland, where shallow appeal ousts substance and reason, The Observer, 4 October 2020

Memo to the Home Office: a little humanity goes a long way, The Observer, 4 October 2020

Retreating from liberties, Pandaemonium, 29 September 2020

Where is the voice of the left as 'libertarians' annex the Covid-19 debate?The Observer, 27 September 2020

Amy Coney Barrett should be judged on her ability, not her faith, The Observer, 27 September 2020

Plucked from the web #76, Pandaemonium, 27 September 2020

Worthy both of celebration and condemnation, Pandaemonium, 22 September 2020

David Hume was a complex man. Erasing his name is too simplistic a gesture, The Observer, 20 September 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy will survive the bitter battle over her successor, The Observer, 20 September 2020

We miss you, Jimi Hendrix. You were greater than 'God', The Observer, 20 September 2020

Turning inhumanity into policy, Pandaemonium, September 15 2020

Moria's only success has been to turn inhumanity into policy, The Observer, 13 September 2020

Salute Toots Hibbert – a reggae pioneer to rival Bob Marley, The Observer, 13 September 2020

When Monuments Fall, The New York Review of Books, 9 September 2020

Handing out sweeties in the comedy wars, Pandaemonium, September 8 2020

Our culture has lost its appetite for risk and making people feel uncomfortable, The Observer, 6 September 2020

Persuasion, not coercion, should be the goal of BLM and Extinction Rebellion, The Observer, 6 September 2020

Race, class and white privilege: A response, Pandaemonium, 30 August 2020

Fairness is a political judgment, not a thing itself, Pandaemonium, 25 August 2020

The cruel exams algorithm has laid bare the unfairness at the heart of our schools, The Observer, 23 August 2020

Plucked from the web #75, Pandaemonium, 23 August 2020

Migrant invasions and culture wars, Pandaemonium, 18 August 2020

Inventing a 'migrant invasion' is part of a toxic rhetorical ploy, The Observer, 16 August 2020

Can we have a conversation about Kamala Harris's ideas? The Observer, 16 August 2020

From racism to white privilege, Pandaemonium, 15 August 2020

Hiroshima and the morality of victors, Pandaemonium, 11 August 2020

Don't let the victors define morality – Hiroshima was always indefensible, The Observer, 9 August 2020

Illuminating and obscuring -- a review of Pankaj Mishra’s Bland Fanatics, Pandaemonium, 8 August 2020

Blaming the poor, Pandaemonium, 4 August 2020

Illness, obesity, racism; who gets blamed for our crises? The poor of course, The Observer, 2 August 2020

Plucked from the nweb #74, Pandaemonium, 1 August 2020


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