Identity & Multiculturalism reading list

After listening back to our most recent show (FBWL S2E8) it felt a bit like the sort of rants me and Dick have to one another in the pub. And because of that we felt we missed some of the nuances of the arguments we were putting across. So I thought I’d put together a small reading list of things that delve into left-wing approaches to multiculturalism and identity politics. One of the other things we didn’t cover on the show were the positive strategies and campaigns that the left has engaged in fighting both racial and class oppression. So I thought I’d add some examples of campaigns and movements that I feel united a class project with anti racist struggles. Hope this is useful.

Love and solidarity



Short reads

Whats the problem with multiculturalism? By Kenan Malik

Safety Pins and Swastikas By  Shuja Haider

How Identity Politics Has Divided the Left: An Interview With Asad Haider

Multiculturalism & identity politics – the reactionary consequences and how they can be challenged by The Independent Working Class Association


Big reads

Croissants and roses – New Labour, communalism, and the rise of muslim Britain by Aufheben

Multiculturalism and Its Discontents: Rethinking Diversity After 9/11 by Kenan Malik–Rethinking-Diversity-After-911/14681335


Class and anti racist struggles

The politics of Britain’s Asian Youth Movements. Race & Class by Anandi Ramamurthy

Chicago 1969: When Black Panthers aligned with Confederate-flag-wielding, working-class whites

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, And Black Power : The Rise of Community Organizing in America by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy