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Mad World Archive

The way we deal with behaviour is a major issue of our time as we increasingly encounter the medicalisation of people for the way they feel and act.  This online resource is pieced together from many sources and persectives to try to facilitate a deeper and more outward looking idea of madness and psychiatry.  It is a public collection where people own their own perspectives to themes in psychiatry, psychology, sociology and critical methodologies.

Below is a map of various other websites and communities which champion and give voice to alternative views to the dominant voice of medical psychiatry. Use the slider control to navigate and click on one of the hexigons to visit the website…



Below is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Borrowing ideas from the research methodology known as Action Research, the archive is concerned with gathering together people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them.


It is informed by many of the contributions of individuals and communities which have opened out interesting and important new areas of critical thinking in psychology and psychiatry. Examples of collectives and groups that have inspired the creation of this archive are Asylum magazine, Mad Peoples History, Oor Mad History project in the Lothians, and the Mad Matters textbook which was brought together around this emerging area of study.

You are invited to contribute your experiences and personal research through writing or an interview if you want to define the issues and themes.  Anonymously or named with your consent, it will be published as part of an online course being developed over the next two years.

  • Keep talking about mental health
    Mental Illness: First Hand Experience by Joel White
    25th July 2014
    Mad World
    What is the meaning of life? From a lot of reflection and avoidance to...
  • ECT
    ECT Is Murder: The Historical and Political Roots of ECT and its Hold on Public Imagination By Sonia Soans
    10th June 2015
    Mad World
    Electro Convulsive Therapy is one of those psychiatric treatments that has a strong hold...
  • Silencing The Past; Power and the Production of History
    Diagnostic Overshadowing and Psychiatric Diagnoses by Alex Dunedin
    5th June 2015
    Mad World
    The Mad World art exhibition is an aggregation of work by artists, groups, psychologists,...
  • The importance of oral history
    Mad People's History by Steve Tilley
    18th June 2012
    Interesting Projects, Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    Steve Tilley chose to speak about Mad People's History course developed in Ryerson University,...
  • Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of the Republic of Ghana
    White Boy Dangerous: The Mythology That Surrounds White Male Violence by Sonia Soans
    24th June 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    A few weeks ago I was at the cinema to watch the new Mad...
  • R D Laing
    A Word For The Social Model of Madness: Psychiatry and The Family by Alex Dunedin
    12th October 2015
    Mad World
    When Shakespeare writes about how family and friends drive us mad, and treat us...

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