Department of Sociology



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Rob Beamish

Ph.D. (University of Toronto)

Office: Mac-Corry D401
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74478

Research Areas

  • Sociological theory (Hegel, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Schutz, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Parsons, Alexander, Bourdieu and Giddens in particular)
  • The ontology of Being 
  • Modernity in the early twentieth century

With the publication of The Promise of Sociology: Classical Approaches to Contemporary Sociological Thinking’s second edition (University of Toronto Press, 2016) complete, Rob is now working on The Ongoing Promise: An Integrated Introduction to Contemporary Society, which will complement The Promise of Sociology.

As a member of the advisory board for The Krader Project at McMaster University, Rob is also involved in research that builds on Lawrence Krader’s unpublished essays and his posthumously published, Noetics: The Science of Thinking and Knowing. His main focus is an integration of Krader’s work in Noetics with the phenomenological perspectives of Schutz, Merleau-Ponty, and Arendt on the issues of perception, thinking, labour, praxis, and knowing.

No longer Head of the Department, Rob has returned to two unfinished projects related to the development of Marx’s ideas and one of his earliest publications Marx, Method, and the Division of Labor (University of Illinois Press, 1992).

Although he has written extensively on sport and the use of performance-enhancing substances in sport, Rob has returned his focus almost exclusively to themes and issues related to sociological theory.