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Emilie Massot


Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3)

Institut des Hautes Études de l'Amérique Latine (IHEAL)

PhD Candidate

desiguALdades.net: Visiting Doctoral Researcher (01/05/2011 - 31/10/2011)

28, rue Saint-Guillaume
75007 Paris, France

Academic Career

since 05/2011 Doctoral Researcher desiguALdades.net
since 11/2006 PhD in Anthropology, Latin-American Studies, University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, IHEAL, Paris, France

11/2006 - 11/2009

Doctoral Scholarship, University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
10/2004 - 06/2006  Master in Anthropology, Latin-American Studies, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, IHEAL, Paris, France
10/2003 - 06/2004  MA first grade (Maîtrise), University Paris 10 – Nanterre, Nanterre, France

10/2001 - 06/2003

Bachelor in Ethnology, University Paris 10 – Nanterre, Nanterre, France

Teaching Experience

02/2009- 05/2009

Images of the world, world of images », (with Pr. Pierre-Yves Jacopin and

Laurent Fontaine), Department of Anthropology, IHEAL, Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle
02/2009- 05/2009

Imagenes del mundo, mundo de las imagenes », (con Pr. Pierre-Yves Jacopin y

Laurent Fontaine), Departamento de Antropologia, IHEAL, Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle

Cultural Autonomy vs. Hegemonic Knowledge in the Peruvian Amazon: The Case of an Egalitarian Community Facing Globalized Discourses on Development

This project focuses on the process of maintaining the cultural autonomy of the egalitarian social system of Mestizo-Ribereños in the Alto-Momon (Peruvian Amazon). Their system is based on a specific regime of collective "social speech". Although the analysis of any rural subaltern population cannot be isolated from the analysis of the bigger society they belong to andbecause this society imposes social, economic, and political structural conditions. I demonstrate in my thesis the importance of recognising the originality of thought and knowledge of these subordinate groups even though they are subject to the direction and domination of the group in power. Indeed, the recognition of this uniqueness opens new opportunities for studying, especially for understanding social inequalities in their local management and their entanglement in the global world system. For nearly a century, the Mestizo-Ribereños have gradually colonised the Momon river and constituted themselves into “headless” societies (without a chef) that neutralise the emergence of social inequalities at a local level. Nowadays, the balance of their social system is threatened by the action of two international actors: NGOs and oil companies, conveying a global discourse on knowledge. Observing the actions of these actors will allow us to study the entanglement of cross-regional inequalities. In both cases, one central question remains: What are the local consequences of the globalisation of discourse on knowledge? We will analyse how this hegemonic knowledge denigrates the local social reality, considering the globalized economic and sociocultural ideal as the only reference to define what is “desirable” for the “poor” and for the global interest.


Massot E., 2007, De la parole avant le discours: communication pré et post-natale dans une

“comunidad campesina” d’Amazonie péruvienne [‘Social speech’ before discourse: communication pre- and post-birth in a rural community of the Peruvian Amazon], Paris, Editions de l’IHEAL.



05/2009 : Organisation et système social des comunidades campesinas de l’Alto Momon : présentation des données ethnographiques et ethnohistoriques d’une communauté riberenas-mestizas de Loreto, Pérou. » [Organisation and social system of the ‘comunidades campesinas’ of the Alto-Momon: ethnographic and ethnohistorical presentation of a mestiza-ribereña community of Loreto], Cenzontle, (Séminaire de recherche en Antrhopologie), Paris, IHEAL.

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