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The importance of oral history

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 a public collection where people own their own knowledge in respect to psychiatry, psychology and sociology.

This is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Drawing on Action Research, the archive is a collection of people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, work, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them….

Anonymous or named, you are welcome to contribute too.

Many and much has inspired the creation of this archive including 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. But specially, it is Dr Steve Tilley who shared a talk through the Ragged University which instigated the creation of this public resource… Thank you Steve.

  • Say no Dire Non
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    Asylum Conference Poster: Call for the creation of a European Network for Democratic Mental Health
    3rd June 2017
    Mad World
    The struggle of resistance of the Greek people against the neo-liberal policy imposed by...
  • Asylum Magazine
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    Asylum: A Journey Through Madness and Back by Dina Poursanidou
    3rd November 2012
    Mad World
    How I became involved with the Asylum magazine and what such involvement has meant...
  • Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of the Republic of Ghana
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    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...
  • Book Fair
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    Prof Peter Beresford Introduces Studies in Mad Matters
    20th November 2013
    Citizen Journalism, Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    On Thursday 24 October 2013 at 7.00pm Peter Beresford introduced Mad Matters at the...
  • The importance of oral history
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    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,...
  • Bob Dylan Asylum Dog
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    Asylum Conference Action and Reaction: Bob Dylan needs Asylum help give him a home...
    5th June 2017
    Mad World
    Asylum Magazine, which promotes dialogue and debate about mental health and psychiatry, comes out...

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