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Mad World Archive

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.

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