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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.

  • This picture, Rubins Vase, is known as what is called an 'Ambiguous illusion'
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    Neurodiversity and Me: A Personal Context by Alex Dunedin
    25th July 2018
    Mad World
    I am 'Neurodivergent'. I am 'Dyslexic' and have lived my life negotiating what I...
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    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...
  • Ingrid Bergman Gaslight 1944
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    What Every Woman Knows: Society By Gas Light By Alex Dunedin
    22nd June 2015
    Mad World
    In their bedroom, Gregory becomes impatient and humiliates his wife about making a spectacle...
  • Power differentials in caring
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    Relationships with families, carers and friends (others?) by John Sawkins
    16th March 2017
    Mad World
    There is always a potentially difficult relationship between service users, carers and professionals. Open...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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