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Peter West

Dr Peter West is a well-known social commentator and an expert on men's and boys' issues. He is the author of Fathers, Sons and Lovers: Men Talk about Their Lives from the 1930s to Today (Finch,1996). He works part-time in the Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

Author's website: Boys Education


 
Living with the Chinese dragon: partnership or penetration?
International - 9/03/2018 - 25 comments
The ABC goes downhill at a gallop
Media - 22/02/2018 - 6 comments
'Shanghai Sam's' fall should alert attention to China’s rise
International - 5/12/2017 - 21 comments
The grim future awaiting our boys
Education - 31/10/2017 - 26 comments
Trump 1, black footballers 10
International - 29/09/2017 - 15 comments
It’s time to underline the importance of fathers
Society - 1/09/2017 - 36 comments
How do we get Australian men to be healthier?
Health - 7/08/2017 - 13 comments
Something's rotten in Australia: foreign money and our politicians
Political Philosophy - 19/06/2017 - 11 comments
Why don't dads spend more time with kids?
Society - 6/06/2017 - 3 comments
A challenge for men: raising happier sons
Society - 6/04/2017 - 6 comments
The new dads are doing it better
Society - 3/02/2017 - 14 comments
How schools entrench Australia's two nations
Education - 5/12/2016 - 38 comments
Trouble everywhere: let's blame men
Society - 16/11/2016 - 19 comments
The media's stereotyping of men
Media - 18/10/2016 - 59 comments
Mao Zedong: hero or villain?
International - 9/09/2016 - 42 comments
China and Australia: the whale and the tadpole
International - 11/08/2016 - 71 comments
'Sit down, shut up': how schools are failing boys and what we can do
Education - 29/07/2016 - 21 comments
Yes, but what did it all mean?
Domestic Politics - 4/07/2016 - 10 comments
Many people just don't like Baird's vibe
Domestic Politics - 7/06/2016 - 22 comments
An Australian comes to Spain
International - 16/05/2016 - 7 comments
Mind or muscle? What's the best path for men these days?
Society - 22/03/2016 - 11 comments
Spotlighting the reasons for abuse
Society - 7/03/2016 - 12 comments
Our media are a national tragedy
Media - 16/02/2016 - 11 comments
What does it mean to be an Australian and how has it changed?
Society - 25/01/2016 - 7 comments
'You and me, we sweat and strain': blacks in America and the musical Show Boat
Law & Liberties - 7/01/2016 - 45 comments
And you may find yourself...in Melbourne
Society - 15/12/2015
Macho Tony Abbott and the women who ruled him
Society - 10/12/2015 - 54 comments
Giving men a strong voice: what goes on Inside Man
Society - 13/11/2015 - 48 comments
‘If you are the one’: dating Chinese style
Society - 19/10/2015 - 3 comments
Culture shock: Jarryd Hayne's adventures in America
International - 24/09/2015 - 3 comments
Warning: being a man is a danger to your health
Society - 14/09/2015 - 20 comments
'Hey, I'm going to be a dad!'
Society - 20/08/2015 - 15 comments
The chopper has landed, but where does that leave us?
Domestic Politics - 4/08/2015 - 9 comments
Why, among so many issues, Bronwyn Bishop's helicopter trip gets our attention
Media - 30/07/2015 - 12 comments
You must need an attitude adjustment
Society - 20/07/2015 - 5 comments
What's the task of a public broadcaster?
Media - 30/06/2015 - 5 comments
How can we improve opportunities for talented and disadvantaged kids?
Education - 25/06/2015 - 42 comments
Is Australia going down the gurgler? Weighing up the Intergenerational Report
Economics - 17/03/2015 - 4 comments
New South Wales election: the Greens
Domestic Politics - 3/03/2015 - 5 comments
Australia and the USA: two brash countries and their national days
Society - 29/01/2015 - 2 comments
Are fathers missing in action in today's families?
Society - 10/11/2014 - 16 comments
Sydney's Apocalypse now: fear and loathing in Bondi jungle
Society - 24/09/2014 - 16 comments
Are men fools and clowns? Why media images of men matter
Society - 8/09/2014 - 53 comments
Football, fighting and feminism: some traps for men today
Sport - 4/07/2014 - 25 comments
Making older men and women healthier
Society - 4/06/2014 - 10 comments
Being a man in 2014: reflections on the NSW Men’s Health and Wellbeing Conference
Society - 12/05/2014 - 5 comments
Trashing Sydney's Botanic Gardens
Environment - 9/04/2014 - 11 comments
Centennial Park and the privatisation of public space
Nation Building - 10/10/2013 - 2 comments
'I want to be like Mike!': males and body image
Society - 20/08/2013 - 1 comment
The struggle to help boys learn
Education - 14/08/2013 - 11 comments
The new, improved Sydney Morning Herald?
Media - 22/03/2013 - 11 comments
Arnold, the massive muscular body and the American dream
January 2013 Feature - 17/01/2013 - 3 comments
Learning how to be better fathers
Domestic Politics - 10/12/2012 - 3 comments
The future of public broadcasting
Media - 23/10/2012 - 6 comments
Race, desire and South Pacific
The Arts - 17/09/2012 - 1 comment
Please move sir, lest you molest
Law & Liberties - 21/08/2012 - 36 comments
Raising kids without pain and trouble
Society - 30/07/2012 - 3 comments
If all men are monsters, how should we raise our boys?
Society - 9/07/2012 - 19 comments
Randle with care: ABC's tragic night of comedy
Media - 25/05/2012 - 19 comments
Are Australians racist?
Society - 6/12/2011 - 85 comments
Sydney and Melbourne: a tale of two audiences
Society - 23/11/2011 - 9 comments
Finding the meaning of a man's life: Tanveer Ahmed's memoir
The Arts - 10/10/2011 - 4 comments
Trouble on the street
Society - 18/08/2011 - 13 comments
Welcome to the world of Nineteen Eighty Four: The U.K. scandal and Australia
Media - 21/07/2011 - 15 comments
Sideshow: The Dumbing Down of Democracy
Media - 10/06/2011 - 16 comments
Wild men and Angry Boys
Media - 18/05/2011 - 4 comments
Cyberbullying, that schoolyard body slam, and footballers behaving badly
Society - 18/03/2011 - 109 comments
Men in the age of feminism
Society - 22/10/2010 - 246 comments
Boys in trouble
Society - 7/10/2010 - 35 comments
Education policy from the back of an envelope
Education - 18/08/2010
Academic apartheid
Education - 5/08/2010 - 13 comments
Changing men, changing times
Society - 14/07/2010 - 31 comments
Men, racism and football
June 2010 Feature - 16/06/2010 - 57 comments
Understanding Tiger Woods: finding the man behind the tiger
Society - 13/01/2010 - 19 comments
Rescuing our kids, not popping pills into them
Health - 17/12/2009 - 13 comments
Hey, hey, blackface comedy
Law & Liberties - 12/10/2009 - 97 comments
Can we get healthier outcomes from Aussie men?
Health - 13/01/2009 - 15 comments
Staying fit and strong as we age
September 2008 Feature - 23/09/2008 - 7 comments
Men and their mothers
Society - 9/05/2008 - 15 comments
A few good ideas
March 2008 Feature - 11/03/2008 - 3 comments
Boys and guns
Education - 11/01/2008 - 47 comments
Making an education revolution happen
Education - 10/12/2007 - 14 comments
Kevin Rudd's 'To Do' list
Domestic Politics - 13/11/2007 - 7 comments
Dumbing down SBS
Media - 5/09/2007 - 14 comments
Childhood dangers: then and now
Society - 8/08/2007 - 7 comments
Men after retirement
Society - 19/07/2007 - 10 comments
Visions of America - it's all about them!
International - 4/06/2007 - 34 comments
Making your masculinity in the gym
Sport - 29/11/2006 - 10 comments
Single-sex is best (sometimes)
Education - 15/11/2006 - 27 comments
Kids rule
Society - 20/10/2006 - 39 comments
Is masculinity really in crisis?
Society - 2/10/2006 - 27 comments
The new media laws: a fig leaf to conceal bargains among thieves
Media - 20/07/2006 - 5 comments
Male-bashing
Media - 20/01/2006 - 111 comments
Sydney’s burning: but why did it happen?
Society - 14/12/2005 - 49 comments
A new switched-on and cynical generation
December 2005 Feature - 12/12/2005 - 52 comments
Australia the clever country? Hah!
Education - 26/08/2005 - 14 comments
The role of academics in a time of troubles
Education - 27/07/2005 - 7 comments
‘Nearer my God to thee’: What happens to men midlife?
Society - 8/06/2005 - 10 comments
Don't use the 'f' (for fail) word
Education - 18/05/2005 - 10 comments
What's going wrong for boys?
Education - 10/05/2005 - 27 comments
Latham's right - parents need plenty of education and social support
Society - 2/02/2004
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