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Guy Rocher

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Guy Rocher
Born (1924-04-20) April 20, 1924 (age 100)
Occupation(s)Academic, Sociologist
AwardsOrder of Canada
National Order of Quebec
Scientific career
ThesisThe relations between church and state in New France during the seventeenth century: a sociological interpretation (1958)

Guy Arthur Auguste Rocher CC GOQ MSRC (born April 20, 1924) is a Canadian academic and sociologist.

Born in Berthierville, Quebec, he received a B.A. from the Université de Montréal in 1943, an M.A. in sociology from Université Laval in 1950, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 1958. From 1952 until 1960 he taught at Université Laval. From 1960 he has taught at the Université de Montréal. Rocher turned 100 in April 2024.[1]

Professional career[edit]

While a professor at Laval, Rocher in 1957 became one of the founders of the Association internationale des sociologues de langue française, of which organization he was treasurer and a member of its first executive. In 1960, he became a full professor of sociology at Université de Montréal. There he was director of the sociology department (1960–1965), vice-dean of the social sciences faculty (1962–1967) and, from 1979 onwards, he has been a researcher in the Centre de recherche en droit public (Public Law Research Center). Rocher also worked for the government of Quebec, as deputy minister for cultural development (1977–1979) and as deputy minister for social development (1981–1983).

Rocher was a key contributor to Bill 101 in 1977.


Rocher is one of the pioneers in the application of contemporary social sciences to Quebec society, especially including the relationship between Church and State, intergenerational mobility and education, and the sociology of law. He is the author of several books and of numerous articles and scientific reports. He has lectured extensively throughout Canada and abroad.



  1. ^ "Le sociologue Guy Rocher a 100 ans". Le Journal de Montréal. 20 April 2024. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  2. ^ "L'Ordre national du Québec honorera des personnalités qui ont changé le visage du Québec" (in French). Ordre national du Québec. May 11, 2021.