(1921-) Studied at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) and spent a period of study in the United States before becoming Professor of Sociology at the Facultés Catholiques de Lyon and Director of its Institut de Sociologie.
In 1953, he became Secretary General of the Conférence Internationale de Sociologie Religieuse (CISR, now the SISR) and, in 1956, its second president. He was an eminent representative of sociologie religieuse . He defended the position that such research was to be undertaken by Catholics whose mode of analysis was necessarily tributary to their transcendent faith and whose observations had to be enlightened by their religious commitment.
J. Labbens, Les 99 autres (Paris: Vitte, 1954)
J. Labbens, La sociologie religieuse (Paris: Fayard, 1960).
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