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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.

  • Alice in Wonderland
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    Media Headlines Concerning Mental Health Service Users In England By Dina Poursanidou
    11th January 2013
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Looking at media headlines from 2011 and 2012 concerning users of mental health services...
  • Outsider
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    The Differences Arise In Group Psychology
    30th August 2014
    About Ragged, Mad World, Project, Social Capital, Sociology
    The behaviour of the group is enigmatic. A group acts in our minds as...
  • Child shielding
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    Eighties Teenage Psychiatry For School Pressure: One Writer Squashed Another by Maurice Frank
    28th April 2015
    Mad World
    Even in cases where no specified mental illness at all is ever claimed to...
  • Inspector Cleusau
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    Diagnostic Overshadowing and Psychiatric Diagnoses by Alex Dunedin
    5th June 2015
    Mad World
    The Mad World art exhibition is an aggregation of work by artists, groups, psychologists,...
  • Women and Addiction
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    Women, Addiction and Nation by Sonia Soans
    28th October 2015
    Drugs and Recovery, Mad World
    After acquiring a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology a few years ago I couldn’t...
  • Eric Fromm
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    From Notes About The Findings of Abraham Maslow and Manfred Max Neef on Needs by David Seagrave
    4th April 2016
    Mad World
    These eminent psychologists analyses the needs of people worldwide their findings concur with those...

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