The title of this volume invites us to see literacy both in a new outfit of
its own and as part of extensive new ensemble of social, cultural and economic connections. But as we recover from our drawn-out millennial dose
of global ‘innovativ-itis’, our resistances may be up, and we may find ourselves looking more sceptically at the terms ‘new’ and ‘global’. We may
wonder, as the old challenges facing literacy educators reconfigure around
us, what new understandings and opportunities actually do appear in these
new global times.