Levi Strauss awarded Catalan prize

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30 March 2005, BARCELONA- The French philosopher, author and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has been awarded the 17th International Prize of Catalonia.

30 March 2005

BARCELONA- The French philosopher, author and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has been awarded the 17th International Prize of Catalonia.

The EUR 80,000 prize is awarded annually for outstanding and lasting contributions to global culture and scientific thought.

Levi-Strauss, who was born in Belgium in 1908, spent much of his career studying the behaviour of North and South American Indian tribes and developed
a method called "structuralism" to describe their social organization.

He is best known for his belief that men in all societies, primitive and civilized, shared the same characteristics.
 
Last year, Israeli writer Amos Oz and Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh shared the prize.

The jury, comprising 257 people from 61 countries, chose Levi-Strauss from a shortlist of 16, including Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman, movie
actor Clint Eastwood, oceanographer Josefina Castellvi, historian Bronislaw Geremek and  writers Saul Bellow, Miguel Delibes, Carlos Fuentes and Kazuo
Ishiguro.

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