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Queen's University

Frank Pearce

B.A., M.Phil (Leeds), Ph.D. (Essex)

Frank Pearce

Office: Mac-Corry D421
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 36568

Research Areas

  • 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. Second, he has a long term involvement with social theory. He is concerned with developing structuralist and poststructuralist 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 can be seen in publications listed below. 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.




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