An Academic Skating on Thin Ice
By: Peter Worsley (author)Hardback
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Peter Worsley's studies at Cambridge were interrupted by war service as a communist officer in the colonial forces in Africa and India, which got him interested in anthropology. He then went into mass education in Tanganyika, studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester, and won the Curl Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute, but, in the McCarthy epoch, was banned from Africa, so went to Australia where he was again banned, this time from New Guinea, but did field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe. His subsequent book on 'Cargo' cults in Melanesia is now regarded as a classic, but his left-wing politics ensured that he could not get a job in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, returning to Manchester as the first Professor of Sociology, just in time to join a British Government Mission to Tanzania - and to be deeply involved in the "student revolution." His book on The Third World introduced that term into the English language, while the Penguin edition of "Introducing Sociology" sold over half a million copies. He went to China a few months after Nixon.On retirement as Professor Emeritus of the University of Manchester, he taught in New York, where he wrote Knowledges.
Peter Worsley, winner of the Curl Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute, became first Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He went to China a few months after Nixon and, upon retirement, taught in New York. His book, The Third World, introduced that term into the English language, while the Penguin edition of Introducing Sociology sold over half a million copies.
List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Liverpool, My World Chapter 2. Cambridge and the Army Swahili - My Doorway to Africa Into India Demobilisation Chapter 3. Peace and the Cold War African Resistance Max Chapter 4. Australia: Into the Lion's Den The Aborigines of Groote Eylandt Chapter 5. Out of Anthropology, into Sociology Mau Mau Hell, Hull and Halifax Canadian Interlude Chapter 6. Manchester University: Upheaval Champions! The Student Revolution Decline and Fall Into China Chapter 7. Latin America Ecuador Que Viva Mexico! Brazil Chapter 8. Globalisation Ethnomethodology New York, New York! Chapter 9. London Town Peace and War New Life and the Third Age The Millennium Revisited The Fourth Age The End of the World? Notes and References
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