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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.


  • ICD 10
    Culture Bound Syndromes: Contextualising and Historically Locating Mental Illness by Sonia Soans
    24th March 2017
    Mad World
    I still remember the day we went through the ICD- 10 in the clinical...
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    Photo Collection: Mad World Exhibition 2017
    17th September 2018
    Mad World, Photo Galleries, Ragged Arts
    This is a collection of photos showing the work which was brought together that...
  • John-Sawkins
    Interview with John Sawkins: A Critical Voice in Psychiatry
    29th January 2017
    Mad World
    John Sawkins gained an interest in thinking through the issues of mental health when...
  • The clapham omnibus
    Appeal To The Man On The Clapham Omnibus by Alex Dunedin
    13th June 2015
    Mad World
    On Sane People In Insane Places was a famous study done by David Rosenhan,...
  • Asylum Cover 23 4 – PCCS Website
    Asylum 30th Anniversary Conference: Crowdfunding For Community
    31st May 2017
    Interesting Projects, Mad World
    The 30th anniversary of Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry is happening this year and...
  • 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...

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