Introduction: Multiliteracies: The beginnings of an idea

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As it turned out, there were multiple ironies in the very idea of New London. Now one billion people speak that difficult and messy little language, English, spoken four centuries ago by only about a million or so people in the vicinity of London, old London. The story of the language, and the story of the last few centuries, including its many injustices, is the story of many new Londons. This issue-how the language meets with cultural and linguistic diversity-was one of our main concerns. Then there was the irony of the postcard serenity of this particular New London, the affluent, post-industrial village which produces little more than its idyllic eighteenth-century postcard image. This, in a world where the fundamental mission of educators is to improve every child’s educational opportunities-a world which, much of the time, is far from idyllic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMultiliteracies
Subtitle of host publicationLiteracy Learning and the Design of Social Futures
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781134611843
ISBN (Print)0203979400, 9780415214216
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this

Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (2005). Introduction: Multiliteracies: The beginnings of an idea. In Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures (pp. 3-8). Taylor and Francis.