Bachelor, University Waikato, 1968. Bachelor with 1st class honors, Victoria University Wellington, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University Wellington, 1978.
Senior investigating officer Town and Country Planning Division, Minister Works and Development, Wellington, New Zealand. Lecturer, senior lecturer University Auckland, 1982—1994. Professor sociology University Natal, South Africa, Auckland University of Technology, since 2001.
Member of International Sociological Association (secretary, newsletter editor since 2002, research committee history sociology), Sociological Association Aotearoa New Zealand (president 1993-1994, newsletter editor, council member 2001-2005).
Son of Henry Gardner and Lilian Agnes Crothers, David James Crothers (Stepfather). Married Raewyn M Peart, December 12, 1992. Children: Tanya Peart, Henry Stuart, James Thomson, Gaela.