Dr Frank Pearce Emeritus Professor of Sociology
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Frank Pearce


Frank Pearce
B.A., M.Phil (Leeds), Ph.D. (Essex)
Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 Canada

Email: pearcef@sympatico.ca


Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Ontology and Epistemology (Marxism, Radical Durkheimianism, Foucauldianism); Sociology of Sacrifice; Sociology of Law, Crime and Deviance

Frank Pearce's work is in two rather distinct, albeit overlapping, areas. First, he has a longstanding interest in socio-legal studies and particularly in corporate crime. His first book, Crimes of the Powerful, 1976, and his third book, Toxic Capitalism Corporate Crime and the Chemical Industry (1998/1999) (with Steve Tombs) are Marxist analyses of corporate abuses of power. He has also written many articles in this area; the two most recent are "Flowers at the altar of profit and power: The continuing disaster at Bhopal" (with Steve Tombs)  currently serialised in CrimeTalk.org.uk. and "Obligatory Sacrifice and Imperial Projects" in  Bill Chambliss, Ray Michalowski and Ron Kramer (editors) State Crime in the Golden Age, Uffculme, Willan (2010).   He has a long term involvement with social theory. He is concerned with developing structuralist and post structuralist social thought, particularly by engaging, from this position, with the Marxist, Foucauldian and Durkheimian traditions. He has written on the work of Michel Foucault and his book The Radical Durkheim was published in 1989 with a second, revised and enlarged edition published in 2001. Currently he is exploring the radical implications of the thought of Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, Michel Leiris and Pierre Klossowski, theorists involved in La Collège de Sociologie in Paris in the 1930s. The first fruits of this work was a special issue of  Economy and Society (2003) on "The College de Sociologie and French Social Thought'  He has also long been concerned with the Philosophy of Science, and in 2007, along with Dr. Jon Frauley, he published the edited volume: Critical Realism and the Social Sciences: Heterodox Elaborations, Toronto, University of Toronto Press.His most recent article in this area was "Emile Durkheim" (with Tara Milbrandt) in George Ritzer and  Jefftey Stepnisky  The Wiley-Blacwkell Companion to Social Theorists: Classical Social Theorists:  Volume I, New York: Blackwell (2011).

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