This important book brings together research from scholars and experts in a variety of disciplines to explore a broad range of issues which affect Camphill life. The essays examine social, political and educational topics as diverse as spiritual needs, residential childcare, disabled identity, working with autistic children and the development of Camphill communities around the world.
The lack of easily accessible literature about Camphill communities has contributed to a common and unjustified perception of Camphill as 'closed' communities which have little interest in communicating with the 'the outside world'. Some influential officials and practitioners who determine education and social-work policy and practice still know little or nothing about Camphill, which increases the risk of misunderstanding and threatens the future of Camphill communities. This book seeks not only to bridge that gap, but to demonstrate to a wider audience the unique and inspiring qualities of Camphill communities.
This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the provision of services for children and adults with special needs.
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About the Author
Robin Jackson was a lecturer at Aberdeen College of Education before becoming Principal Lecturer in Special Education at King Alfred's College, Winchester and Principal of Linn Moor Special School in Aberdeen. He has worked with Camphill for many years, including as a Development and Training Co-ordinator, and is currently a consultant to Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools in Aberdeen. He edited Holistic Special Education: Camphill Principles and Practice (2006) and wrote Hermann Gross: Art and Soul (2008), both published by Floris Books.
Table of Contents
Foreword Andrew Kendrick 9
Introduction Robin Jackson 13
1 Negotiating the Twentieth Century: A Historical Analysis of Camphill Communities Zoe Brennan-Krohn 21
2 The Power of Organisational Myth: A Case Study Manuela Costa 36
3 Sensing the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary John Swinton Aileen Falconer 56
4 On Middle Ground: Camphill Practices that Touch the World Dan Mckanan 82
5 Creative Living: Inside a Community for Children with Autism Judith Shapiro 104
6 Camphill: Children, Childhood and Disabled Identity Chris Walter 121
7 Whaur Extremes Meet: Camphill in the Context of Residential Childcare in Scotland Mark Smith 136
8 Social Pedagogy: Past, Present and Future Claire Cameron 154
9 The Development of the BA in Social Pedagogy Angelika Monteux Norma Hart 169
10 Camphill Village Communities in Norway Nils Christie 185
11 Camphill in South Africa: A Narrative Julian Sleigh 204
12 Healing and Transformation in Vietnam: The Peaceful Bamboo Family, Tinh Truc Gia Ha Vinh Tho 224
13 Eco-communities: An Eco-history of Camphill Jan Martin Bang 240
14 Quality of Life: Dimensions, Perceptions and Practice Roy Brown 254
15 The Challenges Facing Camphill: An Internal Perspective Andrew Plant 272
16 Camphill: Further Notes from the Boundary Kate Skinner Stephen Baron 288