Miguel Pérez Milans

Miguel Pérez Milans
University College London | UCL · Department of Culture, Communication and Media

PhD in Applied and Sociolinguistics

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Introduction
I am a sociolinguist interested in language, communication and political economy. My past research projects involved the ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of mobility and migration, shifting politics of national identity, activism and neoliberalisation of educational institutions, in the contexts of Madrid, London, Hong Kong and Mainland China. I am currently exploring trajectories of young professionals in the making as they move from higher education into the labor market.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
University College London (UCL), Institute of Education
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2016 - January 2018
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2016 - January 2019
University College London
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 2004 - December 2009
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Field of study
  • Applied Linguistics

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The study of language and identity from the perspective of linguistic ethnography (LE) has received increasing attention during the last decade. Resting upon the social and discursive turns in the social sciences, LE has ontological and epistemological consequences for the way researchers approach language, culture and community, and it has been es...
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Although it has revealed the material conditions under which language education programmes are implemented worldwide, research on neoliberalism and language commodification has not yet adequately centred pedagogy. Thus, processes commodifying ‘objects’ other than language as product go unnoticed in educational settings. Drawing on a four-year ethno...
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This article focuses on the entanglement of trajectories of transnational education/work and religious conversion among Chinese overseas students who move to the UK before returning to China. In contrast to the existing literature on returnees where the gaze is only turned on highly prestigious schemes/trajectories of return, we look at those who b...
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This article engages with Archer’s call to further research on reflexivity and social change under conditions of late modernity (2007, 2010, 2012) from the perspective of existing work on reflexive discourse in the language disciplines (Silverstein 1976, Lucy 1993). Drawing from a linguistic ethnography of the networked trajectories of a group of w...
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Our previous editorial addressed the University as an institution that structures academic labour in specific ways. Driven by scholarship that aims to reimagine academia while inhabiting it, we delved into a critique of our roles as researchers, the categories that we mobilize when doing research, the histories of our academic disciplines, the lear...
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In our previous issues, we have outlined our commitment to strengthen the focus on Society by critically examining the categories on which we build our work as scholars of language […] But so far we have done this without explicitly addressing the very institutional position from which many of us produce knowledge: the University – the big elephant...
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La globalización que ha presidido los últimos decenios ha puesto con frecuencia en cuestión la asociación indisoluble entre una lengua, una cultu-ra, un territorio y una identidad nacional. Estas visiones esencialistas, como vamos a ver, tienen sus raíces en formas de percibir el mundo herederas de siglos anteriores. Para dar cuenta de estas transf...
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This article focuses on the emergence of "speculative architecture" as a distinctive strand within the professional field of urban studies, one that is future-oriented and claims to "create narratives about how new technologies and networks influence space, culture, and community [with the aim of] imagining where new forms of agency exist within th...
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This entry traces the development of language planning as a field of inquiry in intersection with disciplinary shifts within linguistic anthropology. It focuses on the emergence of early language planning work, with attention to its conceptualization as a modern developmental model during the colonization and decolonization processes of the 1960s,...
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This article discusses Volume 17 (1) where the editors (Garrido and Sabaté-Dalmau) push for a sociolinguistic, discourse-analytic and linguistic anthropological agenda in the study of transnational trajectories of multilingual workers and emergent entrepreneurial selves. I review this lens as suitable to document how language both mediates and beco...
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This is the editorial of issue 19(1) 2020 published in Language Policy where the new editorial team sets out to introduce the intellectual roadmap they envision for the journal.
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This is the editorial of the inaugural issue in Language, Culture and Society, to be published in the Spring of 2019.
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Though widely regarded as a relevant research approach, the field of ethnography of language policy still faces challenges that need attention. On the one hand, research on language policy continues to put ethnography aside in many national regions. On the other, ethnographically-oriented investigations often rely on very holistic approaches to mea...
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This chapter traces briefly the origins and development of the ethnography of language policy. It argues that, although this tradition has put ethnography firmly on the language policy research agenda since the turn of the 21st century, it has not yet sufficiently addressed some persistent challenges. These include: a) the reproduction of dichotomi...
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This is the opening chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning, a project that aims to go beyond just providing a set of summaries of specific sub-fields within Language policy and planning studies (although some will be provided as needed, or can be found elsewhere; e.g., Ricento, 2016; Spolsky, 2012). In this chapter, we addre...
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In this closing chapter we explore the consequences that the socioeconomic, institutional and discursive processes of change taking place under the conditions of late modernity may have for Language Policy and Planning (LPP) research in the years ahead. Although the chapters in this Handbook reveal the diverging circumstances for LPP under differen...
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Sociolinguistic research has paid close attention to processes whereby language and communication get turned into commodities vis-à-vis the expansion of the service industries (Heller, 2010; Heller, Pujolar & Duchêne, 2014) under the conditions of so-called "late capitalism" (Duchêne & Heller, 2012). Continuing with this legacy, this paper focuses...
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The field of bilingual education in Hong Kong provides a perfect window to study the transformation of education in the context of wider processes of economic, institutional, political, sociolinguistic, and cultural changes. As Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region (SAR, hereafter) of the People’s Republic of Ch...
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La publicación del libro Occupy. The spatial dynamics of discourse in global protest movements, editado por Luisa Martin Rojo abre un nuevo campo para los estudios del discurso en el que se otorga centralidad al espacio en un sentido dinámico. Por este motivo, como parte del foro e-conversa (promovido por la Asociación Internacional de Estudios sob...
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This article explores the ways in which what counts as legitimate knowledge is produced and negotiated in two multilingual classrooms of two different programmes designed to “attend to diversity” at secondary schools in the Madrid region. Following a sociolinguistic approach, the article focuses on the ways in which local identities, beliefs and so...
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Focusing on developments in research on language education policy, this introduction to the thematic special issue begins with a sketch of the new problem space emerging at the intersection of intensified transnational mobility, expanding economic neo-liberalisation and institutionalised of multilingualism. It then identifies situated practice, com...
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As the Council of Europe is shifting its traditional focus on learning European languages towards emphasizing the importance of speaking other languages of the wider world, an increasing number of schools are offering Mandarin as part of their official curriculum in the United Kingdom. This is being financially supported by transnational/inter-inst...
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This special issue aims to study multilingualism in relation to contemporary processes of transformation of institutional spaces. Our focus is on the ways in which multilingual communicative practices, institutional logics and wider processes of social change are interwoven in the production of everyday life in contemporary institutions (Heller & M...
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This article examines the institutional transformations of language-in-education programmes in Madrid, linked to wider socio-economic processes of change. Drawing on a research team's ethnographic revisit, we explore how wider processes are impacting everyday discursive practices in the Bridging Class (BC) programme, first implemented in 2003 to te...
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This book explores the meaning of modernization in contemporary Chinese education. It examines the implications of the implementation of reforms in English language education for experimental-urban schools in the People's Republic of China.
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Ruth Wodak was born in London on July 12, 1950, with Austrian citizenship.Keywords:discourse analysis;research methods in applied linguistics;sociolinguistics;ideology
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Este artículo reflexiona sobre las potencialidades y limitaciones del método etnográfico para el estudio sociolingüístico de los procesos de movilidad asociados a la nueva economía globalizada. En particular, se analizan los dilemas metodológicos derivados de un viaje de investigación entre el ámbito educativo español y el de la República Popular C...
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This article will reflect on the risks of a careless application of “safe-talk”, a fruitful analytical concept that has been widely used in classroom discourse studies to link chorus-like repetition sequences with certain institutional and social processes related to either post-colonialism or migration. The discussion will draw on a sociolinguisti...
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This article focuses on how issues of power and identity were negotiated when doing a critical sociolinguistic ethnography as a Spanish researcher in the Chinese educational context. Data come from fieldwork conducted in 3 different primary and secondary schools together in Zhejiang province, where inside- and outside-classroom interactional/discur...
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This paper focuses on how students from China are institutionally constructed through everyday practice in a Madrid middle school, where three years’ fieldwork was conducted as part of a wider research project. Particular attention is paid to the Welcome Programme at this school, a new educational measure intended for students from a migrant backgr...
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This paper focuses on how culture is socially constructed within the institutional logic of the school, in relation to different socio-political and economic processes linked to economic globalization in urban areas. The study comes from an ethnography carried out both in the contexts of Madrid (Spain) and Zhejiang (China). Taking critical sociolin...
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Tesis doctoral inédita de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Departamento de Lingüística General, Lenguas Modernas, Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia, Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada. Fecha de lectura: 18-12-2009
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In this paper I analyse aspects of the new multicultural context which has been transforming Spanish society over the last few decades. Current demographic changes in Spain contrast with traditional ideologies and practices which are still prevalent in schools. As a consequence of these contradictions, students from other educational systems and cu...
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In this article we analyse intercultural communication management in student interaction in a culturally and linguistically diverse second year primary school classroom. In order to do so, and trying to overcome culturalist reductionism, we explore how three dimensions of interaction, linguistic, psychosocial and social, are linked. So as to observ...
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En: Textos de didáctica de la lengua y de la literatura Barcelona 2006, Año XI, n. 42, abril-junio ; p. 52-64 Se presenta la experiencia de aplicación del programa de acogida 'Escuelas de bienvenida' en un centro de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria de la Comunidad de Madrid. A través de una investigación etnográfica se muestra la forma en que un pr...
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El objetivo del presente trabajo es presentar la utilidad de determinadas herramientas teóricas del campo de la Lingüística en el estudio de las alteraciones cognitivas. Así, el examen detallado de determinados déficits pragmáticos en el Síndrome de Williams (SW) obliga a postular la necesidad de sumar más apoyos teóricos a la actual Teoría de la M...
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En: Didáctica (lengua y literatura) Madrid 2003, n. 15 ; p. 77-104 Presenta la elaboración de un modelo de producción de textos escritos; se basa en la propuesta de Hayes (1996) y busca completar algunos vacíos que él mismo señala en su introducción. Este modelo está concebido desde la interacción de tres dimensiones simbolizadas por círculos concé...

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This project explored ethnographically the ways in which ideologies about linguistic and cultural diversity were constructed, enacted, negotiated and made sense by social actors in educational settings, with attention to tensions and contradictions arising from daily practices as well as to their social consequences.