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By Peter Worsley

Peter Worsley's reviews at Cambridge have been interrupted by way of battle provider as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it was once the following that he constructed a willing curiosity in anthropology. He paintings in mass schooling in Tanganyika after which studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester college. 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 role in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, on his go back to Manchester.

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I had no problem with the Public School boys in College apart from some unreconstructed Hooray Henrys who aimed hoses from the College pond at our window when we invited some Girton women for a Socialist Club talk. ) But we were quite isolated once more from women; Girton was miles out, Newnham nearer. We had no contact with the women from the town. ‘Town’ and ‘Gown’ were two separate worlds. Luckily, two teacher training colleges had been evacuated to Cambridge, notably Homerton, and I soon had a girlfriend again.

My career at the Grammar School was by no means a story of progress anyhow. I had been put in the third of four Lower Fifth classes on arrival; did well enough to be put into Middle Fifth B the following year, but found the going too hard. I was reduced to tears by a very simple task in long division, because the Catholic school had taught me one way of doing it and the Protestant school another way. No one could help me, including my parents, though they did pay for extra private maths tuition, one hour a week, which did no good at all.

If we aspired to go to university at all, it would have been to our local university, Liverpool. But some of the better schools in the north used to act as ‘feeders’ to Cambridge Colleges (much as lower Division football clubs ‘feed’ the Premiership clubs), so I was duly entered for Cambridge exams for Scholarships and Exhibitions (like junior scholarships) for the set of Colleges which included Emmanuel. On the first attempt, in December 1940, I didn’t get in. At my second attempt, a year later, I had already passed my Higher School Certificate very well, which entitled me to a Wallasey Borough Scholarship.

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