The articles collected in this volume draw on or relate to a body of work that has become known as the `New Literacy Studies' (NLS), which studies literacy as situated semiotic practices that vary across sites in specific ways that are socially shaped. The collection offers a body of empirically and theoretically based papers on literacy ethnography as well as providing engagements with critical issues around literacy and education. The articles offer complementary perspectives on research and theory in literacy studies and include research perspectives from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, as well as North and South America. The researchers are all concerned to take the work of the New Literacy Studies further by expanding on its conceptual resources and research sites.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction: Renewing literacy studies (by Prinsloo, Mastin); 3. Part I. Literacy and power: Aligning literacy learners with dominant discourses and practices; 4. 1. Globalised literacy education: Intercultural trade in textual and cultural practice (by Freebody, Peter); 5. 2. To seem and to feel: Engaging cultural artefacts to "do" literacy (by Bartlett, Lesley); 6. 3. Being a new capitalist mother (by Pitt, Kathy); 7. Part II. Local and global: Taking hold of literacy; 8. 4. Habitus in children's multimodal text-making: A discussion (by Pahl, Kate); 9. 5. Fateful literacy: New meanings, old ideologies, and some unexpected consequences of Nepali love letter writing (by Ahearn, Laura M.); 10. 6. Children's games as local semiotic play: An ethnographic account (by Prinsloo, Mastin); 11. Part III. Research tools: Conceptual resources for literacy study; 12. 7. Learning in semiotic domains: A social and situated account (by Gee, James Paul); 13. 8. Assembling "Skills for Life": Actor-network theory and the New Literacy Studies (by Clarke, Julia); 14. Part IV. Literacy practices in time and space; 15. 9. Elite or powerful literacies? Constructions of literacy in the novels of Charles Dickens and Mrs Gaskell (by Baynham, Mike); 16. 10. Beyond "here's a culture, here's a literacy": Vision in Amerindian literacies (by Menezes de Souza, Lynn Mario T.); 17. Index