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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.

  • Mental Health Resistance Network
    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...
  • Asylum
    Podcast: Psychiatry; A Woman's Account of Being Sectioned
    23rd April 2015
    Mad World
    Here is an interview with a woman who recounts her experience of being sectioned...
    Asylum Magazine
    27th July 2012
    Eclectic Articles, Interesting Projects, Mad World
    ASYLUM magazine is an international forum for free debate, open to anyone with an...
  • 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...
  • Spectrum in a prism
    On the Autism and Vaccine Debate Piece by Maurice Frank
    13th August 2018
    Mad World
    This was a collision between 2 meanings of autism. The word's meaning has broadened...
  • 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,...

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