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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.

  • 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...
  • Mental Health Resistance Network
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    On Antipsychiatry: Roy Bard Mental Health Campaigner
    23rd October 2017
    Mad World
    In July 2017 Asylum Magazine for democratic psychiatry had it's 30th anniversary and hosted...
  • Dr Diamond photographed the patients in his asylum
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    Inspector Rosenhan Visits The Asylum
    14th May 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World, Poverty
    As part of the Mad World exhibition which examined missing voices from the story...
  • ICD 10
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    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...
  • 1980 Edinburgh settlement news
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    1980: Edinburgh Settlement; The Need For Psychiatric Day Centres
    21st June 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement, Mad World
    The Settlement is an arm and hand of friendship which the University, as a...
  • Asylum magazine
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    Podcast: The History Of Asylum Magazine by Helen Spandler
    16th June 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Helen Spandler is an academic who has been involved in Asylum magazine for a...

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