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Discovering Camphill: New Perspectives, Research, and Developments

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This important book gathers research from scholars and experts in a variety of disciplines to explore a broad range of issues that 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 that have little interest in communicating with the “outside world.” Some influential officials and practitioners who determine education and social-work policy and practice continue to have little or no understanding of the Camphill movement, which threatens the future of Camphill communities. This book seeks not only to bridge that gap, but also to demonstrate to a wider audience the unique and inspiring qualities of the Camphill approach. 

Discovering Camphill is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the provision of services for children and adults with special needs. 

Contributors include: • Andrew Kendrick (University of Strathclyde) • Professor Dan McKanan (Harvard Divinity School) • Professor Roy Brown (University of Calgary) • Claire Cameron (University of London) • Zoe Brennan-Krohn (University of Banja Luka, Bosnia) • Judith Shapiro (Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, CA) • Professor John Swinton (University of Aberdeen) • Nils Christie (University of Oslo) • Julian Sleigh (Camphill South Africa) • Professor Stephen Baron (Camphill Scotland) • Mark Smith (University of Edinburgh) • Norman Hart (University of Aberdeen) • Tho van Minh (Red Cross, Switzerland) • Jan Bang (Camphill Solborg, Norway).