By Peter Worsley
Peter Worsley's stories at Cambridge have been interrupted by means of conflict provider as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it used to be right here that he built a willing curiosity in anthropology. He paintings in mass schooling in Tanganyika after which studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester collage. Banned from re-entering Africa, Worsley went to Australia the place he was once banned once again, this time from New Guinea, but he did achieve finishing field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe.
His next booklet on 'Cargo' cults in Melanesia is now considered as a vintage, yet his left-wing politics ensured that he couldn't get a task in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, on his go back to Manchester.
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After the relative sexual liberation of Llangollen, I little realised that I too was to be similarly locked into a masculine world for the next six years. I also did not know that for all those years I would hardly ever be at home: firstly, because of university, then the army. I often didn’t see my family for months, and, once abroad, for years. I did not even get to my beloved grandfather’s funeral. Liverpool, My World 17 At Llangollen, we had another set of wonderful teachers, including a lesbian couple (we didn’t realise they were) who became our great friends.
I passed out of Jeanes School with 97% marks. To encourage colonial officers in the colonial Administration to learn a language they could use (and impose) on their subjects, they were rewarded, in cash, for taking first the Lower Standard examination and then the Higher. I took the Lower immediately, and was given the cash. But I soon realised there was no point in going on to take the Higher Standard Swahili exams in a ‘classical’ tongue far removed from the world of the Army, urban life and coffee estates.
Most of this came from Public School models. Some of the debates were frivolous; some were not. We had a notorious left-wing West Indian don putting forward the motion for independence of the West Indies, and our reactionary Senior Tutor calling for the canonisation of Attila the Hun, or something similar. One of the major hazards of life was to get waylaid by him in the Front Quad, while he held forth, at considerable length, about the menace of the trade unions, the Labour Party and the Soviets.
An Academic Skating On Thin Ice by Peter Worsley