An Academic Skating On Thin Ice by Peter Worsley

By Peter Worsley

Peter Worsley's experiences at Cambridge have been interrupted by way of warfare carrier as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it was once the following that he built a prepared 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 reach finishing field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe.

His next ebook 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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Yet on the only evening we ever spent together, we didn’t end up in bed, but went to the pictures and had fish and chips. After an hour, I finally got round to a fumbled peck on the cheek. How sexual behaviour has changed! But I was leaving the Glyn, and going back to Merseyside. I cycled the fourteen miles back home, from the beautiful Vale of Llangollen, elated but with tears in my eyes. It was worth every yard. I was never to see her again. I had read that upper-class boys who went to Public Schools were locked into a masculine world, where school was followed by (masculine) university, then perhaps the army or clerical life, and that their social life outside these institutions was spent in (masculine) clubs.

Returning as a tourist years later in the Serengeti, a white tour guide congratulated me on my good Swahili. I congratulated him on his, which he said he’d learned from cooks and drivers. And that’s how Africans, too, mainly pick it up, unless they have learned better Swahili at school. ***** When I left to join my assigned unit, the 2/6th (Kenya) King’s African Rifles, I found that it wasn’t stationed in Kenya at all but on the borders of what had been Italian Somaliland and Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

I remember thinking that if I could only get one square meal a day in the NAAFI, I wouldn’t ever ask for anything else. And there was one great cultural outlet – the local Repertory Company, where we could even meet the actors in the Green Room after the performance. Everyone was in love with the beautiful girl who became a Rank starlet. The only contribution to cultural life I made myself was to play Chopin and Purcell (easy, slow pieces) for a charity performance. Despite the black mark against me for the sentry-duty blunder, I was one of the cadets singled out as the best in the graduating elite.

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